The lawyer for a New Jersey couple who was briefly ejected from a Spirit Airlines flight over their 2-year-old daughter not wearing a mask has demanded the carrier apologize — or face possible legal action.
Michael Inzelbuch, an attorney representing Ari and Avital Eisenberg, said the couple was treated disrespectfully when they were booted along with their two children as their flight was about to depart from Orlando, Florida, the Asbury Park Press reported.
“We’re not asking for boycotts. We’re not asking for marches. We are asking at this point for two words: ‘I’m sorry,’” Inzelbuch said at a press conference Tuesday.
The Toms River couple had been traveling with their 2-year-old daughter and their 7-year-old son who has special needs, Inzelbuch said.
Footage went viral of a flight attendant asking them to deplane as their 2-year-old daughter ate yogurt on her mother’s lap without a mask before takeoff.
The airline later said in a statement that the parents had been violating mask rules — which the family denies.
Avital, who is seven months pregnant, said Spirit employees showed a “lack of compassion and humanity.”
“I’ve never, ever felt the way I did on that flight,” she said the outlet reported.
In a statement Tuesday, the airline said it hoped to get in touch with the couple.
“We also understand that we are looking at this through different lenses, which is why we would like to open up a direct dialogue with the family,” the company said in a statement to the Asbury Park Press.
Inzelbuch said the couple hadn’t heard from the airline as of Tuesday night and was giving them until the following evening to apologize before exploring legal action.
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.