A video that showed a confrontation on a plane has gone viral with reports of a maskless toddler causing the issue.

COVID-19 has led to a variety of new measures being introduced. While many have accepted the changes, others have found wearing protective clothing like masks more difficult.

Spirit Airlines stopped its planned trip between Orlando and Atlantic City after a confrontation. A toddler was reportedly the cause of the issue because they weren’t wearing a mask. However, the airline disputes this claim.

What happened?

The family involved in the incident claimed that they were asked to leave the flight. Moreover, the reason was their two-year-old child who was not wearing a mask.

Footage of the incident has emerged and it gives some insight into what occurred. The family of four can be seen and the adults are wearing face coverings. Nonetheless, the child is not. The attendant tells the family that they must be compliant with masks.

The flight attendant seemingly took issue with the child and when the mother asked “the baby?” the attendant responded “Yes.”

The footage of the incident can be seen below:

This led to complaints from other passengers who noted that other children did not have a face mask. Following this, people had been asked to leave the plane.

Police were called to the scene, and seemingly support the mass de-boarding story.

In a statement shared with Newsweek, Orlando police confirmed their involvement:

“Just before noon today, our officers were called to a general disturbance involving a Spirit Airlines flight scheduled to depart from the Orlando International Airport.”

“Upon arrival, officers saw that the flight was in the middle of de-boarding. Our officers stood by, while Spirit Airlines resolved the issue.”

Eventually, all passengers were allowed on the delayed flight and it made its trip.

Despite this, the airline has taken a different stance on what happened.

Contrary statements

Spirit Airlines has hit back at the claims and claims the footage is not reflective of what transpired.

However, the airline has only stated that the issue was in connection to “compliance” and did not give specifics about what caused the problem to begin with.

As a result of the delay, the attendant who had an issue with the child was needed elsewhere. This seems to be all the information the company is willing to give.

Going forward

The fact that Spirit Airlines have not detailed why the problem began, makes it unclear how the company will move forward. With that said, two-year-olds should be able to travel without masks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website reads:

“CDC recognizes that wearing masks may not be possible in every situation or for some people.”

“Correct and consistent use of masks may be challenging for some children, such as children with certain disabilities, including cognitive, intellectual, developmental, sensory and behavioral disorder.”

On the back of this, there shouldn’t be too many toddler plane disputes. 

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