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A New Jersey couple who was briefly booted from a Spirit Airlines flight over their 2-year-old daughter not wearing a mask said it was “such a lie” for the carrier to claim that they also weren’t following the rules.
Ari and Avital Eisenberg, of Toms River, denied that they weren’t wearing masks while flying from Orlando with their two children Monday after spending Passover vacation in Florida.
“Everything was fine and all of the sudden someone comes over to us and asks us to deplane. We did comply,” Ari told Fox News.
“I kept asking what didn’t we comply with and [they had] nothing to say.”
Footage went viral of a flight attendant forcing the family — including their 2-year-old daughter Rikki sitting on her mom’s lap eating yogurt — to deplane for “non-compliance” with the mask rules.
In the clips, Avital insists they’re “wearing masks,” but the flight attendant points out that Rikki is not wearing one.
A Spirit representative later told The Post that it was the couple who broke the airline’s face covering policy, and that their violation was not caught on camera.
But Ari said the carrier’s attempt to defend the episode was “such a lie.”
“I have no words. Next level craziness,” he told Fox News. “I understand if I gave someone attitude…but there was none of that. We were about to take off.
Avital, who is seven months pregnant, said the episode was “traumatic” for her daughter and 7-year-old son Daniel who has special needs.
“My son missed his medication window. Thank God he didn’t have a seizure,” she told the outlet.
“He was sitting there in a soaking wet diaper because I couldn’t change him during the whole thing. My daughter is going crazy from all this, it was a terrible terrible experience to go through let alone someone with a special needs child.”
Spirit requires all passengers to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth — unless they’re eating or drinking. Children under the age of 2 are exempt.
The airline didn’t immediately respond to request for comment on Tuesday.
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