After having a hard time getting a mask on their two-year-old daughter, the baby, as well as her two parents, were kicked off the United Airlines flight. The event garnered mixed reactions from people on social media.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that everyone who of two years of age and older should wear a mask in public settings. While there is no federal government mandate, private companies are allowed to enforce such mandates.
While both parents were wearing their masks, their two-year-old daughter refused to put her mask on. The flight attendant came over to the parents and told them that because she won’t wear her mask they are being asked to leave the plane.
The father tried to explain the situation to the flight attendant but it was already decided that they were to exit the plane.
According to TMZ, United wouldn’t let the family get their luggage from under the plane and that included the two-year-old’s car seat. Also, the mother, Eliz Orban, claimed that United Airlines banned the family from ever flying with them ever again.
United Airlines later responded to the incident by releasing a statement:
“The health and safety of our employees and customers is our highest priority, which is why we have a multi-layered set of policies, including mandating that everyone onboard two and older wears a mask."
“We are investigating this specific incident and have made contact with the family. We also refunded their tickets and returned their car seat and bags,” they continued.
Sources also have told TMZ that the family has not been banned from flying with United.
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