A couple have left their two-year-old daughter at home while they go on holiday after they were previously booted off their flight because the little girl refused to put a face mask on.
Eliz Orban and her husband both had face coverings on as they took their seats onboard a jet heading to Newark from Denver earlier this month but were told their toddler needed one too.
They had been hoping to visit the Rockefeller Center to see it's festive Christmas tree – but had to put their plans for the trip on hold.
Mum and health coach Eliz filmed her husband's desperate attempts to convince their daughter to wear a mask.
Getting nowhere, a United Airlines flight attendant forced them off the plane despite the dad saying he would hold it down on her face.
Eliz claims they were not allowed their baggage back when kicked off at Denver airport, leaving them without their daughter's car seat.
In tears after being kicked off the flight, Eliz said in the video: "We just got kicked off a flight because our two-year-old would not put on a mask."
Some Youtube users criticised the parents for their daughter's stubbornness but others sympathised with the family.
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One viewer commented: "This is preposterous. Force your 2-year-old daughter to wear the mask.
"It will result in a tantrum and you will have to deal with the tantrum because you are the parent and she is the child."
"A second wrote: "So instead of helping her husband calm her child and put on her mask. She starts filming a TikTok lol. I blame the parents here. Maybe don’t shove a phone in your child’s face when you’re giving them instructions."
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Taking a different view another said: "That's ridiculous, man I thought kids were exempt at that age."
In a statement responding to the incident, United Airlines said: "The health and safety of our employees and customers is our highest priority, which is why we have a multi-layered set of policies, including mandating that everyone onboard two and older wears a mask.
"We are investigating this specific incident and have made contact with the family. We also refunded their tickets and returned their car seat and bags."
But now the couple have taken their trip after booking flights with a different airline – and travelling without their daughter.
In an Instagram post, Eliz wrote: "It breaks our heart that we couldn't bring our daughter, we tried calling the airlines and couldn't get a straight answer from anyone and we could honestly just not go through again what we went through on Friday."
She also added that they were flying first class after another social media user offered to pay for their flights after the incident.
She added: "Our daughter is in the best hands at home, and as hard as it is that she’s not here- knowing how much love she is surrounded by gives us so much peace. We couldn’t bear to take her through what we went through again.
"I still feel humiliated, traumatised, and triggered by what happened. But the amount of messages I have gotten by people being on our side and experiencing similar situations has truly been overwhelmingly beautiful."
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