Video footage from a Spirit Airlines flight shows a family with a pregnant mother, a special needs child, and a two-year-old daughter being kicked off the flight by an irate flight attendant because the two-year-old was not “complying” with her demands to wear a mask.
The flight attendant was reportedly deplaned and replaced at the the boarding terminal, and the family was eventually allowed back on board the flight.
In the footage, the family repeatedly asks why they are being kicked off the plane, and are met with the response of “noncompliance with the mask” and “you’re not complying.”
The attendant eventually reveals that the two-year-old not wearing a mask is what is driving her to tell the family to exit the plane. Despite other passengers speaking up to defend the family, the attendant remains insistent that they leave the plane.
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“A lady over here heard someone on the phone before we even got on the plane, that they were planning this,” the family’s father tells a bystander. “The captain was okay with it, the whole plane was okay with it, but there was one African-American that was not okay with it. Why? ‘You’re not complying.’ What do you mean? ‘You’re not complying.'”
Police were also reportedly called to the scene.
A gate attendant later notified passengers that the flight was undergoing a “crew change,” and the family was reportedly allowed back on the flight, though this was not shown in the footage.
ORLANDO: UPDATE: @SpiritAirlines flight attendant who ordered the family off the flight was removed, family allowed back on. Passengers are reboarding with a new flight crew. pic.twitter.com/MWSzUdi3eB
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