exclusive: A New Jersey couple was temporarily forced to fly to Atlantic City on a Spirit Airlines plane that landed in Orlando, Florida, on the grounds that the low-cost airline was lying because they said they, not their children, refused to obey federal mask orders. .
Ari and Avital Eisenberg of Toms River, New Jersey, took their children with their 138-year-old on Monday, 2-year-old Rikki and 7-year-old Daniel ( Daniel)-with special needs-after spending the Passover holiday in Florida, he flew with them. Avital is also seven months pregnant.
The couple told Fox News that because Rikki did not abide by the airline’s mask policy, a stewardess kicked them out of the plane. The regulations stipulate that passengers aged 2 years and above must wear masks. Avital Eisenberg said that she also explained that her son had frequent seizures and covering his mouth would induce seizures, and promised to do her best to ensure that he continues to cover it.
According to a video posted on social media, the flight attendant was seen telling her family to get off the plane because of “non-compliance.”
An air hostess who was not the crew member who was the first to face-to-face with the family said: “I told you that it’s illegal-you must get off the car. I don’t want to do this.
“We are wearing masks,” Avitar Eisenberg said.
The crew said: “She didn’t wear one.” The 2-year-old was sitting on his mother’s lap and eating yogurt. “The pilot wants you to get out of the car.”
The mother said, “She just turned two years old.”
After some argument, the stewardess left and threatened to call the police.
Avital Eisenberg told Fox News: “She kept repeating that she needed me to get off the plane. I said I didn’t leave and I did nothing wrong.” “We tried to explain. , We are doing our best with the children.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated safety guidelines for fully vaccinated personnel, resulting in a record of air travel disruptions during the Easter weekend
Other passengers can be heard defending the family. One of the men said that he would ensure that his family members wear masks on the plane, while another woman said that other young children on the plane do not wear masks.
According to reports, the female flight attendant spoke with her family on behalf of a male colleague of hers. She said: “This is not my choice, because my father thinks they also have a son with special needs.”
According to reports, other clips posted on social media showed that the family left their seats with other passengers after everyone was told they needed to get off the plane.
A Spirit spokesperson told Fox News that all passengers, including family members, were re-boarded after the Orlando company team guaranteed that their families would abide by the mask policy.
The airline said that parents refused to wear masks and their behavior had nothing to do with their children. In response, the couple told Fox News that the “spiritual” statement was “such a lie.”
Ali Eisenberg said: “I have nothing to say. The next level of madness. I know if I give others an attitude… but there is no one. We are about to take off.” “Everything is fine, suddenly Someone came to us and asked us to get off the plane. We did comply with them and there was nothing to say. I kept asking us what we didn’t comply with, and there was nothing to say.”
Avital Eisenberg called this experience “traumatic” for her children.
She said: “My son missed his medication window. Thank God, he did not have seizures. He was sitting there in a soaked diaper because I couldn’t change him during the whole process.” “My daughter was from It’s all crazy, it’s a terrible experience, let alone a person with special needs children.”
According to reports, the male flight attendant who initially requested before the passengers started recording was barred from returning to the plane and was escorted off the plane by the Orlando police.
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A federal order issued by President Joe Biden in January requires all people over the age of two to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses. As cases of disruptive behavior are still “too high”, the FAA recently expanded the order.
According to TSA regulations, fines for violations of authorization range from $250 for a first offender to $1,500 for a repeat offender.
Those exempted from the order include travelers under the age of two, disabled people who cannot wear masks or cannot safely wear masks because of disability as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, and disabled people who will make masks for them. “Risks to workplace health, safety, or job duties as determined by relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal regulations.”
The Orlando Police Department did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.