Frontier Airlines defends canceling flight after multiple people refused to wear face masks

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A Frontier Airlines flight from Miami to New York City was canceled after multiple passengers refused to wear face masks.

Videos and photos of the incident surfaced online, with many viewers commenting on the nature of the issue.

On Twitter, Frontier Airlines quickly made a statement regarding the incident on flight 2878.

The airline is facing accusations of anti-Semitism for the passengers' treatment. But the airline stands by its statement that the passengers were removed for not wearing masks.

“Members of a large group, including adults, refused to wear masks as flight 2878 was preparing for departure from MIA-LGA. Repeated requests to comply with federal law necessitated their removal from the flight. The issue did not stem from a child under 2,” the statement read.

According to The New York Times, some videos show passengers on the flight accusing the airline of removing several travelers due to a one-year-old baby not wearing a mask.

A spokesperson for Frontier Airlines confirmed that “a large group of passengers repeatedly refused to comply with the U.S. government’s federal mask mandate.”

“Multiple people, including several adults, were asked repeatedly to wear their masks and refused to do so,” Jennifer de la Cruz, the spokeswoman, said. “Based on the continued refusal to comply with the federal mask mandate, refusal to disembark the aircraft and aggression towards the flight crew, local law enforcement was engaged. The flight was ultimately canceled.”

However, passengers seemed to disagree with the airline and demanded action as they remained under the impression that the issue ensued due to a maskless child under the age of 2.

In a video, Solomon Wolf, a Twitter user, wrote: “This is @FlyFrontier. Traumatizing a family and their little kids because a 18-month-old baby, who is explicitly exempt, wasn’t wearing a mask. Before flying Frontier again, ask yourself if you want any part of this vile behavior.”

Frontier Airlines’ policies on flying during the COVID-19 pandemic say that children under two are not required to wear face masks.

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