A viral social media video shows a woman in tears claiming that United Airlines kicked her family off a flight because her 2-year-old child was not wearing a mask.
“Today we got kicked off of a United flight going from Denver to Newark because our 2yo would not ‘comply’ and keep her mask on. Go see the full IGTV on my Instagram,” Twitter user Eliz Orban posted on Friday, along with a video that was viewed over 2 million times by Saturday afternoon.
Today we got kicked off of a United flight going from Denver to Newark because our 2yo would not “comply” and keep her mask on. Go see the full IGTV on my Instagram @elizfulop 😷 pic.twitter.com/KXCICsBSMj— Eliz Orban (@elizfulop) December 12, 2020
In the video, Orban says her family was kicked off of a United flight because her 2-year-old daughter wouldn’t wear a face mask. Additionally, she says her luggage was sent to New York and that she is banned from flying on United in the future.
A flight attendant can be seen in the video asking the family to “exit the plane” and accusing them of non-compliance with the face mask policy as a man explains that he’s trying to hold the mask on the face of his child.
The video was shared by many prominent conservatives on Twitter, including Sen. Ted Cruz, who wrote, “In what universe does this make any sense?? A two-year-old child? WATCH this video. This isn’t keeping anyone safe. It’s just arbitrary & nonsensical. And infuriating.”
In what universe does this make any sense??— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 12, 2020
A two-year-old child?
WATCH this video. This isn’t keeping anyone safe. It’s just arbitrary & nonsensical. And infuriating. https://t.co/kXGGbP81Ak
This is unbelievable... and infuriating. https://t.co/nrT1W0ot8R— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) December 12, 2020
UNBELIEVABLE: @united kicks couple off airplane & bans them for life because their TWO YEAR OLD child resists wearing a mask despite their best efforts to comply.— PragerU (@prageru) December 12, 2020
IT’S TIME to stand up and fight this draconian nonsense–please share! pic.twitter.com/RpDmm4plqa
"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," United Airlines told the Washington Examiner in an emailed statement. "These procedures are not only backed by guidance from the CDC and our partners at the Cleveland Clinic, but they’re also consistent across every major airline."
"We are investigating this specific incident and have made contact with the family," The statement added. "We also refunded their tickets, returned their car seat and are in the process of returning their bags."