The Rabbinical Alliance of America (RAA) released the following statement on Monday in response to Spirit Airlines flight attendant clashing with an Orthodox Jewish family whose toddler was not wearing a face mask while eating:
The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American rabbis — calls upon airlines to exercise sensitivity in enforcing its mask policies.
On multiple occasions in recent months, Orthodox Jewish families were publicly embarrassed and removed from their flights due to young children who are unable to wear masks. Airlines have broad leeway to make exceptions from their mask policies. The failure of some airlines to make exceptions for young children who are unable to wear masks represents unacceptable cruelty to children and large families.
The fact that flight attendants have repeatedly enforced this rule specifically on Orthodox Jewish families, who constitute a small part of the population, raises additional questions of bias that demand attention. This is especially true in light of the broad support these families receive from other passengers while the flight attendants enforce this cruel rule.
Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president of the Rabbinical Alliance of America (RAA) expressed how “outraged the RAA feels at these blatant acts of disrespect and possible anti-Semitism perpetrated by airlines against their Jewish passengers. It is highly disturbing that flight attendants can treat passengers in such shameful and callous ways. Children do not refuse to wear masks for ideological reasons. Sometimes they simply cannot handle the masks. Parents with young children must be accommodated so young families do not become stranded.
“As rabbis, we have been at the forefront in educating our congregants to adhere to the sound advice and policy of the medical authorities when it comes to social distancing and mask wearing. It hurts when an airline punishes its adult passengers who are in full compliance and merely struggling with the challenges of parenting young children. Such callousness toward customers causes the public to lose confidence in the good will of the airline.”
The Rabbinical Alliance of America condemns the recent incidents that transpired with Jewish passengers who were wrongfully humiliated and publicly shamed. These airlines must apologize and take all corrective necessary steps in holding responsible all those involved in this abuse of its passengers. Airline policies regarding young children must be changed and young families, particularly those who are visibly Jewish, must be made to feel like they are valued customers.
Haven’t flown spirit in many years. Their attitude and lack of customer service has been abhorrent since their early days.
And their service isn’t great either
So many stories….
This is clearly an antisemetic issue. News and politicians have made sure to use covid to spread hate towards jews. If only that flight attendant knew how challenging and nerve racking it could be to fly with a young child. Any parent is alreally facing the preasure of having a crying or tantruming child in a flight imagine traveling with more than one! Now parents also have to deal with the antisemetisim and mask ordeal? It just completely racist and lacks basic kindness. Maybe the news and politicians should be spreading kindness! So that everyone can enforce it!!!!
They should petition the cdc for changing the rules for young children.
Whoever made the 2 year olds in masks requirements forgot what it’s like to be a toddler
If u watched the videos… someone says there that the requirement is for 5 years and older. Also she says other kids in the plane weren’t wearing masks.
Plus BTW when u eat ur allowed to take off ur masks in general.. so ya for sure anti semitic
if you go to youtube or google and type in no mask kicked off flight you will find tons and TONS of non jewish people being kicked off flights, and many videos even have the passengers booing the people being kicked off and clapping when they leave. We have to stop crying wolf. There is real anti semtism in this world and we are certainly under attack, more now than ever, but by getting into a fight, being aggressive and rude (watch the video, the husband was absilutely rude and took his mask off several times while talking to the… Read more »
Has the man was explaining things the mask was falling off and he adjusted it back several times. He wasn’t rude. Maybe if you were in their position you will know what it feels like especially traveling with children with special needs and a pregnant wife
We always have “good intentions” when claiming that Anti-semitism is just not so!
I have seen it FIRST hand when the stewardess picked on my obvious frum husband and not on other passengers doing the same thing!
It’s time to band together and call it what it is!!!!
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