Ali Cleek was flying Southwest Airlines with her husband and two small children.
And when her 2-year-old daughter became noticeably upset as she struggled to keep on her tiny mask, the flight attendant intervened.
But once you hear how she handled the situation – including recommending actually GLUING the mask to the screaming toddler’s face – you’re bound to be outraged.
Let’s be real here…
… even adults struggle to keep their masks on while flying.
It’s miserable to be stuffed like a sardine on a plane while forced to keep your mouth and nose covered for hours otherwise be fined – or even banned for life.
And if traveling with kids isn’t challenging enough…
… expecting a toddler to keep a mask on during an entire flight is nearly impossible.
Ali learned this the hard way as she tried to console her 2-year-old toddler, Drew, while aboard a Southwest aircraft.
Drew typically sucks her thumb to self soothe – but clearly this is impossible with a mask.
Instead of letting the crying 2-year-old console herself by sucking her thumb to calm down, this flight attendant had a different idea.
She told the mom to either cut a hole in her mask or “glue it” to Drew’s face – even saying she had glue available.
The New York Post reported:
“Cleek said she was given two options: Cut a hole in the mask, she said she was told sarcastically, or “glue it to her face.” The flight attendant, Cleek said, indicated she had glue available.
The mom of two said she is a “rule follower” and doesn’t want to come across as anti-mask.
“I just know that regardless if it was sarcasm or not I was embarrassed and trying to follow the mandate as much as I could,” Cleek said. “My daughter is 2. We were doing everything we could to comply.”
In her post, she wrote “I don’t like being this person. Wearing a mask is the federal mandate… I get it. I respect it. But at some point we have to have human decency. Compassion.”
Disrespecting and degrading families is a consistent theme happening across all airlines.
On another Southwest flight, one family feared they would be arrested because their 3-year-old couldn’t keep her mask on, so they got off the plane proactively.
And who could forget Southwest actually booting a family with special needs off the plane?
Airlines are so obsessed with following Biden’s mask mandate, they’ve lost all sense of compassion for families who are clearly trying to abide by the “rules” and do the right thing.
And thanks to Biden extending the mask mandate all the way until 2022, there’s bound to be many more months of misery and ridiculous enforcement from airlines.
What are your thoughts about this flight attendant suggesting that a mom “glue” her toddler’s mask onto her face?
Do you think airlines have gone too far with enforcing the mask mandate?
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