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Spirit Airlines passengers accuse airline of anti-Semitism, harassment

A fellow pilot who witnessed the chaos, said he heard a flight attendant utter the “r——d ‘the Jews’ in conversation with a female flight attendant before the plane took off.
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A Borough Park, new york, some accusing Spirit Airlines turning a trip to Florida in an anti-Semitic “nightmare” from start to finish and called them the “r——d” as the plane took off, harassing them during the flight, and with police escort from the aircraft after the landing.

Chana and Yisroel Beck arrived at Newark Airport on Tuesday, along with their 6-week-old 2-year-old and 3-year-old daughters, eager to begin their weeklong trip to Fort Lauderdale.

“It was our first family trip, a fun, beautiful vacation turned into a traumatic experience — a nightmare of the way we were treated and how we were escorted off without having to hear what we have done wrong,” Chana, 25, told The Post on Thursday.

She said that a gate agent allowed them to keep their FAA approved Doona stroller on the plane, but that things took a wrong turn when two flight attendants in the airplane entrance saw.

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“One of them said: ‘There is no way this is coming. I don’t care, which is approved at the gate. I am the boss here and I’m going to have to decide if it goes on or not,'” Chana said about a flight attendant.

She said that she and Yisroel, 28, met and turned down the carriage, which they initially were allowed to their seats because it can convert into a car seat.

A member of the crew and then said, “I’m not going to discuss this — this chair is off the plane now,'” Chana said.

A fellow pilot who witnessed the chaos, said he heard a flight attendant utter the “r——d ‘the Jews’ in conversation with a female flight attendant before the plane took off.

“It was clear anti-Semitism, a personal thing,” said the 24-year-old passenger, who is alone, as Binyamin, of Rockland County. He said that he was so shocked by the disgusting comment that he came forward to tell that the couple he was willing to stand for them.

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Once the plane was in the air and the seatbelt sign was turned off, Yisroel moved to his wife and three-seat row and took their 2-year-old on his lap.

A male flight attendant ordered him back to his seat, saying regulations do not allow five people to sit in a single row to add that there is not enough oxygen masks in the event of an emergency.

“My husband didn’t argue and returned to his chair,” Chana said. “The steward, who is named Jose, told my husband ‘shut up’ when he asked him for his last name. He said: ‘You go to law enforcement meeting, when the plane lands.'”

As soon as the plane landed, an announcement was made for all passengers to remain seated as two police officers and two Spirit supervisors came on board to escort the family out without explanation, ” she said.

“We had no idea what was happening and why they were guiding us. We had no idea why they made a big deal,” Chana said. “The supervisors said the (participants) had comments about us, that we do not want to listen and that ‘just the way you want us to believe in your story, we have to believe what they wrote about you.'”

To add insult to injury, Chana said, the airline regulators said their tickets for Jan. 15 would not be granted and that the family is no longer welcome on any Spirit flights.

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Former Assemblyman Dov Hikind, whose the family be contacted about the incident, called the alleged anti-Semitic remark “inexcusable.”

“This family has been traumatized, and their family vacation ruined by the unprofessional behavior of the crew,” he said in a statement. “The note about ‘r——d ‘the Jews’ are eligible the steward for dismissal. The spirit has a lot to explain.”

Chana also called for the crew member to be fired, and wants the Spirit to a refund of their ticket costs and compensate them for their traumatic experience.

“It was pure anti-Semitism for literally nothing,” she said.

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Spirit spokesman Derek Dombrowski said the Beck’s have not yet contacted the airline, but that “data shows that this guest ignored flight and on the ground the instructions of the crew multiple times, starting with the boarding process and continuing through the landing.”

He said that the airline will be “the start of an investigation and take this matter very seriously.”

“The safety of our Guests and crew is our highest priority,” he added in a statement. “Spirit Airlines does not tolerate any form of discrimination. We are very proud of the diversity of our team and strive to deliver an exceptional service to all our Guests.”

This article originally appeared on the New York Post.

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