Allegations of anti-Semitism as Orthodox Jews booted off flight
An Orthodox Jewish family from New York was escorted off of a Spirit Airlines flight this week and banned from the airline for life following a heated dispute, which allegedly included anti-Semitic slurs, over a child safety seat.
According to a press release from the office of recently retired New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, the incident occurred this Tuesday on an early-morning Spirit Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
A Jewish couple, identified as Chani and Yisroel Beck from Boro Park, Brooklyn, traveling with their three small children – ages 3, 2, and 1-month – say the trouble began when a flight attendant spotted them with a dual-purpose baby seat and car seat.
The family says that the gate agent at Newark had told the couple that they would be able to take the dual-purpose seat onto the flight.
As they buckled their youngest child into the seat, however, the female flight attendant told the couple that the car seat could not be taken on board the flight.