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New Jersey Family Temporarily Removed From Spirit Airlines Flight Due To Toddler Eating Without Mask

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBS) -- A New Jersey family is reportedly demanding an apology from an airline company after they were temporarily removed from the flight over a mask dispute involving their toddler. According to, the family is from Toms River, and they were removed from a Spirit Airlines flight traveling from Orlando to Atlantic City because their daughter was eating on the flight without a mask on.

A video posted by The Lakewood Scoop shows a fight attendant giving a couple a hard time over their toddler not wearing a mask while eating.

Spirits Airlines face covering policy states: "Face coverings must be worn while at the airport, on the jet bridge, and onboard the aircraft. Face coverings may be removed only while eating, drinking, or taking medication — when done eating, drinking, or taking medication, face coverings must be repositioned immediately."

The family has reportedly told several news outlets they are demanding an apology from the airline.

Due to the incident, all passengers on the plane had to deboard before being allowing back on the flight again.

Spirit Airlines has since released a second statement after the video the interaction between the flight attendant and parents went viral.

The second statement posted on Facebook claims they are aware of "incorrect information circulating" and the flight was delayed "due to compliance issues with the federal mask requirement."

According to, Spirit previously posted a statement which blamed the adults in the party for not complying with the masks mandate. The statement, which has since been deleted, reportedly read, "Our team members were following the federal mask requirement and asked the adults in the party multiple times to comply with that requirement, which happened prior to videos that have been widely shared."

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