A couple from Borough Park blame Spirit Airlines for turning a trip to Florida into an end-to-end anti-Semitic "nightmare" – calling them "delayed" as the plane took off, harassing them throughout the flight. flight and having them escorted by cops to the plane after landing.
Chana and Yisroel Beck arrived at Newark Airport Tuesday with their 6 week, 2 year old and 3 year old daughters eager to leave for their weeklong trip to Fort Lauderdale.
"It was our first family trip, a beautiful, beautiful vacation that turned into a traumatic experience – a nightmare of how we were treated and escorted without being told what we did wrong. Chana, 25, told Post Thursday.
She added that a door officer had allowed them to take their FAA approved Doona child car on the plane, but that the situation had gone wrong when two officers from board at the entrance to the plane have seen.
"One of them said," It's impossible. I do not care who approved him at the door. I'm the boss and I'm going to decide if it's going to come or not, "said Chana about a flight attendant.
She stated that she and Yisroel, 28, had complied with the law and had folded the cart, which they had originally been allowed to take in their place as it could turn into a seat d & # 39; auto.
A member of the crew then said, "I will not talk about it, this seat is leaving the plane now," said Chana.
Another traveler who witnessed the uproar said that he had heard a steward pronounce "those lingering Jews" in conversation with an air hostess before taking off from the plane.
"It was clearly anti-Semitism, a personal matter," said the 24-year-old, who identified himself only as Binyamin, of Rockland County. He said that he was so shocked by this repugnant comment that he went ahead to tell the couple that he was ready to answer for their actions.
Once the plane took off and the seat belt extinguished, Yisroel joined his wife's three-seat row and took their 2-year-old child to his lap.
A flight attendant ordered him back to his seat, claiming that the regulations did not allow five people to sit on a single row, adding that he had not been there. enough oxygen masks in case of emergency.
"My husband did not argue and returned to his place," said Chana. "The steward, whose name is Jose, told my husband to be quiet when he asked him for his last name. He said: "The forces of order will meet you when the plane lands."
Once the plane landed, an announcement was made to keep all passengers seated while two police officers and two Spirit supervisors boarded the family escort without explanation, she said.
"We had no idea what was going on and why they were escorting us. We did not know why they were doing a big problem, "said Chana. "The supervisors said that the assistants had notes about us, that we did not listen and that" as you want us to believe your story, we must believe what they have written about you ".
Chana added that the flight tickets for January 15 would not be honored and that the family was no longer welcome on Spirit flights.
The former Assembly member, Dov Hikind, whom the family contacted about the incident, called the alleged anti-Semitic statement "inexcusable".
"This family was traumatized and their vacations were marred by the unprofessional behavior of the airline's staff," he said in a statement. "The commentary on" Delayed Jews "qualifies the steward for dismissal.The Spirit has a lot to explain.
Chana has also called for crew members to be fired and wants Spirit to reimburse them for their ticket and compensate them for their traumatic experience.
"It was pure anti-Semitism for literally nothing," she said.
Spirit spokesman Derek Dombrowski said the Becks had not yet contacted the airline, but "records indicate that this guest ignored the flight crew's instructions and the ground repeatedly, starting with the boarding process and continuing to land. "
He added that the airline "will launch an investigation and take these issues very seriously".
"The safety of our guests and our team is our top priority," he said in a statement. "Spirit Airlines does not tolerate any form of discrimination. We are extremely proud of the diversity of our team and strive to provide exceptional service to all our customers. "