Couple goes on vacay without daughter after they were kicked off from flight as 2-year-old refused to wear mask
The pair had requested crew members to let them sit as they promised to hold the mask over the child’s face, but they did not agree
DENVER, COLORADO: A family who was left heartbroken after being kicked out of a flight earlier in December after their two-year-old daughter refused to wear a face mask amid the Covid-19 has now boarded another one. But this time, they have to execute their holiday plan without the toddler, The Sun reported. Eliz Orban and her partner had taken a United Airlines flight from Denver to Newark along with the child to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York City, but they were asked to deboard when their little girl — Edeline — declined to don the face covering. At the time, the pair requested crew members to let them sit as they promised to hold the mask over the child’s face, but they did not agree.
After the incident, an emotional Orban took to social media and said in a video, “We just got kicked off a flight because our two-year-old would not put on a mask." The mother also added that United Airlines banned them for life, but the latter declined. The company also issued a statement saying, “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 wear a mask. 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."
Orban's video soon went viral at the time with many people supporting her while there were some who thought the airlines’ decision was right. However, now the couple has taken another flight, leaving Edeline at home to avoid any issues. This time, they boarded Delta to go to Palm Beach in Florida. The woman updated about the latest developments in a post on Instagram. She also shared a photo with a lengthy caption that read, “It’s hard to comprehend the past couple of days, and all I’ve been doing is praying that God would speak through us, use this story, and give us strength to keep going despite all the evil we have encountered. It breaks our heart that we couldn’t bring our daughter, we tried calling the airlines and couldn’t get a straight answer from anyone and we could honestly just not go through again what we went through on Friday. Just driving to the airport today was super triggering.
“Our daughter is in the best hands at home, and as hard as it is that she’s not here — knowing how much love she is surrounded by gives us so much peace. We couldn’t bear to take her through what we went through again. I STILL feel humiliated, traumatized, and triggered by what happened. But the amount of messages I have gotten by people being on our side and experiencing similar situations has truly been overwhelmingly beautiful.”
Orban also mentioned in her social media post that their flight tickets were sponsored by a person who “offered to get us to our next destination AND in first class.” “I can’t disclose exactly all the reasons we had to get down to Palm Beach for, but you bet there are a lot of things in the works, stay tuned for the next couple of days. And for all the people calling us morons for traveling in a pandemic, please slide to the next picture posted BY @united and remember there are hundreds of thousands of people flying every single day — but if it makes you happy to single us out, then whatever floats your boat,” she added.