Spirit deletes tweet claiming toddler mask incident never happened after video surfaces

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Spirit Airlines deleted a tweet blaming a New Jersey couple for not complying with its mask protocols after videos of them being kicked off a Monday flight appeared to show a flight attendant citing the couple's young children maskless on board.

The budget carrier initially said Ari and Avital Eisenberg, of Toms River, N. J., refused to follow a federal mandate that requires airline passengers to wear masks. The couple was with their children, -- Rikki, 2, and Daniel, 7, who has special needs -- after spending Passover in Florida.

"We are aware of incorrect information circulating about Spirit Airlines Flight 138 from Orlando to Atlantic City. The flight was delayed due to the adults in the party not complying with the federal mask requirement," the original airline statement said while noting the family and all the passengers were taken off the plane before being allowed to re-board.

The couple told Fox News in an exclusive interview that a flight attendant kicked them off the plane because Rikki was not complying with the airline's mask policy, which stipulates that passengers ages 2 and older must wear a mask. Avital Eisenberg, who is seven months pregnant, said she also explained that her son has frequent seizures and that covering his mouth can induce them and promised to do her best to make sure he kept the covering on.

"I told you, noncompliance — you'll have to get off. I didn't want to do this," says a flight attendant who was not the crew member who initially confronted the family.

"We're wearing masks," Avital Eisenberg says, according to video footage of the incident.

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