On a Spirit Airlines flight on Monday from Orlando to New York, a family was kicked off when their two year old, who was eating yogurt, removed their mask.
The mother of the two year old girl is seven months’ pregnant, and their other child – traveling with them – is special needs.
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) April 5, 2021
More of the @SpiritAirlines incident.
FYI, following the @FlyFrontier incident a few weeks back, @FAANews sent warning letters to passengers who at the time were not even accused of not wearing masks that they were in violation of the mask rule. Letter can’r even be appealed! pic.twitter.com/e7ZgQzA4NV
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) April 5, 2021
Here’s a video of the family walking off the plane, including their disabled child.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this incident was that an hour after everyone was deplaned in order to remove the mask offending two year old the entire group of passengers was allowed back on the plane – including the family whose two year old was caught eating. Everyone returned, that is, except reportedly the crewmember who made an issue of the two year old’s mask in the first place.
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/u5yEA9McZZ
— KolHaolam (@KolHaolam) April 5, 2021
Numerous two year olds have been kicked off of flights when they had difficulty maintaining their masks. This is now a federal regulation but many of these incidents occurred when it was merely an airline rule that two year olds had to wear masks on planes.
However we’ve even seen one airline remove an 18 month old over failure to wear a mask even though it’s not required (nor advisable, according to the CDC) and eating is considered a justifiable reason to temporarily remove a mask (some have tried to milk this exception).
While mask wearing does seem to provide some protection, and I have favored mask wearing since the beginning of the pandemic, its benefits are frequently exaggerated. And while studies of this issue continue, significant evidence suggests that very young children do not spread the virus nearly as often as older children or adults. When there’s enough vaccine so that anyone who wants a shot can get one, we should lift mask rules.