Cops throw family off flight because toddler, 3, wasn’t wearing a mask

A family were kicked off a flight after allegedly refusing to put a face mask on their three-year-old child.

Safwan Choudhry shared the footage of the incident on Twitter and claimed it was the most “horrific and dehumanising treatment”.

In the viral clip, taken before the flight took off from Calgary to Toronto in Canada on Tuesday, two airport police officers are seen talking to Safwan.

One officer says: “You have failed to put on a mask on your child several times.”

Safwan is heard arguing: “How do you know? You were not here!”

Other passengers try to jump into the conversation to defend the family while the young child cries out loud throughout the cabin.

The entire flight was eventually cancelled and all passengers were removed from the plane.

Safwan claims staff ordered him to place a face covering on his 19-month-old child, but that allegation has been vehemently denied by WestJet.

Instead, they say the confrontation occurred because Safwan refused to place a mask on his three-year-old.

It is mandatory for anyone over the age of two using public transport in Canada to wear a face covering.

Speaking to the BBC, Safwan claims his three-year-old daughter was eating when the crew told them to place a mask on her. But the airline said in a statement the family “did not comply after multiple requests”.

The airline company claimed Safwan failed to put on a face mask for his three-year-old daughter

A spokesperson for WestJet told Daily Star Online: “WestJet apologises for the interruption to our guests’ travel plans that were affected by the cancellation of flight 652 from Calgary to Toronto following an issue of non-compliance to Transport Canada’s mask order for a child travelling over the age of two.

“In this instance, due to non-compliance of the parents to place a mask on their older child who is over the age of two, our crew informed the adults of the regulations we are required to follow.

“Our crew requested the presence of the authorities after the guests refused to comply with Transport Canada’s interim order and subsequently refused to deplane the aircraft.

“Due to the rapid escalation of the situation on board, our crew felt uncomfortable to operate and the flight was subsequently cancelled.

“It is important to clarify that WestJet did not request the infant under the age of two to wear a mask. They did not comply after multiple requests.”

He added that the family were not travelling on a purchased ticket but on “employee buddy passes” offered through the company’s employee travel privileges.

“Since September 1, 2020, WestJet has been enforcing our zero-tolerance mask policy and we appreciate the support and cooperation of our guests and employees who continue to adhere to the regulations,” the spokesperson added.