ORLANDO, Fla. - A Spirit Airlines plane was about to take off from Orlando, en route to Atlantic City, when the airline says a family refused to comply with the air carrier's mask policy.
In the Lakewood News Network cell phone video, you appear to see a father and a flight attendant interacting before the family is told to exit the plane in Orlando. The video appears to show their 2-year-old daughter trying to eat without wearing a mask. The father appears to get upset as the mother explains that she has been trying to get the child to wear a mask.
Fox News talked to the couple. They say their 7-year-old son, who's not seen in the video, has trouble wearing a mask. The mother says she is seven months pregnant. The couple appears to explain to the flight attendant that they are trying to comply.
According to a Spirit Airlines spokesperson, the parents were non-compliant with the mask policy and the crew had several conversations with them before this video was taken.
The scene unfolded as a reporter from the Lakewood News Network recorded it. Spirit Airlines says everyone had to deplane.
A supervisor then talked to the parents. The family was allowed back onto the plane after they agreed to comply with the mask policy.
Lakewood News Network has posted extended clips on their Facebook page:
- Post 1: https://www.facebook.com/1743299385722673/posts/4180020522050535/
- Post 2: https://www.facebook.com/1743299385722673/posts/4180107338708520/
- Post 3: https://www.facebook.com/1743299385722673/posts/4180123582040229/