United Airlines removes family from flight after two-year-old won’t wear mask

DENVER, CO – Eliz Orban, her husband, and their two-year-old little girl were kicked off a United Airlines flight as they boarded a plane at the Denver International Airport in Colorado for a trip to Newark’s International Airport in New Jersey.   

TMZ reported that Eliz Orban and her husband were boarding a flight from Denver to Newark with their daughter. While the parents were wearing face masks, their daughter refused to wear one and threw a temper tantrum.

Orban’s husband did everything he could to put the face mask on his daughter, but she refused.

Suddenly, a flight attendant walked up to the couple and told them that they needed to exit the aircraft immediately.

The husband tried explaining the situation and offered ways to cover the toddler’s face, but the flight attendant allegedly booted them off the flight.

Eliz Orban stated in an Instagram video:

“We just got kicked off the flight because our 2-year-old would not put on a mask, and we tried.”

Orban posted footage from the flight of her husband trying to loop the mask’s straps over the ears of the little girl, who was having none of it.

Orban’s husband could be heard saying:

“Come here, you have to put this on.  You have to.”

The two-year-old girl covered her mouth with her hands.

Orban’s husband explained that he was doing the best he could, even holding the mask over his daughter’s face, but the aircrew member they were dealing with refused to budge on the “coronavirus precaution.”

 Eliz Orban quoted the male aircrew member:

“I’ve got to ask you to get off this plane.”

Orban and her husband argued the point, and asked if their move was routine.  The aircrew member stated:

“If there’s non-compliance, yes.”

Orban’s husband continued to insist that the only lack of compliance was from a toddler:

“I’m literally holding it over my daughter’s face.  This is compliance right here.”

Eliz added to the discussion:

“We can’t force her.  She’s literally holding it, and she’s crying.”

United Airlines responded to the ordeal with an official statement:

“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.

“These procedures are not only backed by guidance from the [federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and our partners at the Cleveland Clinic, but they’re also consistent across every major airline.

“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.”

Eliz Orban was interviewed on “Fox and Friends Weekend” Sunday morning. 

Eliz, a bodybuilder and former biathlon skier, explained that she and her husband had planned on meeting up with friends and family in New Jersey for the first time in several years, and to take their daughter to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, but were instead grounded in Colorado.

On the Fox program, she explained:

“I was sitting there in confusion, disbelief, disgust and humiliation.

“The experience was absolutely traumatizing, very humiliating too.  I’ve never been more confused in my life.”

Orban added that she and her husband had previously flown with their daughter “four times already since the pandemic, without ever having an issue.” 

She also noted that even the World Health Organization advises that children age 5 years and under should not be required to wear masks.

United Airlines said, in a separate statement, that the carrier’s mask policy includes children as young as two.

Eliz Orban claimed in her initial Instagram video that she and her family were banned for life from United Airlines flights, but the airlines responded in a separate statement that they were not banned.

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PA governor announces new holiday restrictions, including wearing a mask in your house

November 18, 2020

PENNSYLVANIA– With COVID cases on the rise, and Thanksgiving a week away, many are concerned that the holiday will cause the numbers to soar even further. 

Many Governors and Mayors are implementing mandates to try to get ahead of the curve. Both Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, and New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo have limited indoor gatherings to less than ten people for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Several Sheriff’s in New York have risen up to state they will not be enforcing Governor Cuomo’s mandate however. 

Philadelphia Mayor, Jim Kenney, has gone to the extreme of banning all gatherings, both in person and outdoor for the remainder of the calendar year. 

Now, the entire state of Pennsylvania, is taking additional steps to try to control the looming spread of the virus, however the mandates that are going to be put in place, resemble the workings of a dictatorship rather than a democracy.  

On Thursday, November 18th, officials have announced that the already in place public mask mandate will extend into individuals own homes. That’s right, according to Governor Tom Wolf, if you are going to be celebrating Thanksgiving in the state of Pennsylvania, you will be required to don a mask while gathered with your family. 

The specifics that were laid out by Pennsylvania Health Secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, state that masks are required outside where individuals are not able to maintain at least six feet of distance, and inside where people from multiple households are gathering, even if they can maintain a social distance. 

Fox News reported that in addition to the in home mask mandate, starting Friday, anyone who enters Pennsylvania must be tested at least 72 hours before arrival, and if they can or do not get a test, they must quarantine for 14 days. 

The order does not apply to people who commute to neighboring states for work or health care, officials said, and will be largely self-enforced.

This new mandate comes as Pennsylvania, like most states across the country, are seeing a sudden and rapid rise in the number of positive cases of COVID-19. The state has reported that as of November 17th, Pennsylvania has seen almost 6,000 new positive COVID-19 cases per day, and 9,355 statewide deaths. That spike is up more than 115% in just the last two weeks. 

Although these numbers are eye-opening, and no one wants to see hospitals become inundated again, mandating that individuals wear facemasks in their own homes is an extreme violation of ones rights. 

I am sure that if this is taken to court, it will be deemed unconstitutional, just like Wolf’s September pandemic restrictions were ruled.  

As stated above, Philadelphia has banned all indoor gatherings until 20201, in addition to banning indoor dining and closing casinos, gyms, museums and libraries.

Everyone is on pins and needles awaiting the looming shutdown’s in every state. President Trump has vowed not to do a mass shut down of the country, so it is up to each Governor or Mayor to pull the trigger so to speak. 

Should Joe Biden become the next President, we can all assume a mass shutdown is all but certain, as he has already taken to calling Governors asking them to require a mask mandate. 

While many Governors and Mayors are beginning to scale things back, the city of Philadelphia has been one of the first to make a drastic decision, banning all indoor gatherings, public or private, for the remainder of 2020, in order to try to combat the surging spread of COVID-19.

In addition to indoor gatherings, on Monday, November 16th it was announced that the city of love has also banned the opening of restaurants, gyms, casinos, museums and libraries. Additionally, all college and high school in-person instruction will be prohibited until further notice.

 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the new mandate will go into effect Friday, November 20th. 

According to The Keystone News, U.S. Rep. Joe Ciresi from Pennsylvania reported a record 5,531 new positive COVID-19 cases via a press release on Friday. This capped last week’s total at 28,290 new cases and added to the statewide total of 254,287.

It is being reported that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has seen a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds. 

Mayor Kenney is claiming these shutdowns are necessary, as he believes that without this dramatic action, hospitals will become overrun by the end of the year, as they did when the pandemic first began in March.

Mayor Kenney said:

“The bottom line is that if people don’t follow it and it doesn’t work, we’re going to be in the situation longer than we need to be,” 

He continued:

“So it will be a self-fulfilling problem if people won’t cooperate and refuse to follow what we’re asking them to do and the case count goes up.”

Pennsylvania is not the only state that is seeing soaring numbers, and tightening its restrictions because of it. New Jersey has also seen record high numbers, and has limited indoor gatherings to less than 10 people and outdoor gatherings to no more than 100.

These lockdowns come as many health officials are concerned family gatherings for Thanksgiving, and traveling between states for the holiday, will also cause the numbers to increase even further. 

School districts in Philadelphia’s neighboring counties, like Montgomery and Chester, are also switching to online classes effective November 17th, the Keystone News reported.

Although Governor Wolf has not followed Mayor Kenney’s steps for the rest of the state, it is likely more restrictions or a full lockdown is in the near future.

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