Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has posted angry videos on social media claiming he and his two-year-old son were bumped from a flight on Southwest Airlines because of a face mask problem with the youngster.
Garbrandt shared two clips on Instagram on Thursday showing the incident. In the first, the hunter accuses a flight attendant of hiding in the aircraft bath while a row unfolds over the face mask.
“Are you going to hide there?” Garbrandt is heard saying before repeating “two years old, two years old” when asked to turn off his phone.
“F * ck @southwestair got the whistle because my 2 year old son wouldn’t put his mask over his face. This cowardly flight attendant hid his shit in the bathroom, ”wrote the angry fighter next to the clip.
In a second short clip that seemed to show Garbrandt being led out of the plane, he filmed the cockpit in which the two captains were seen without a mask.
“Throw a two-year-old off the plane, but your captains don’t wear masks, while we are all the same capacity and share the same air!” What a joke, ”wrote the fighter, marking the airline.
Through a spokesman for the US outlet MMA Junkie, the airline stated its travel rules during the pandemic as follows: “We regret that this family had any inconvenience during their trip.
“However, federal law requires Southwest to ensure that anyone aged 2 or over wears a mask at all times during a flight, including boarding and disembarking.
“In this situation, customers chose not to fly southwest and were offered a full refund of their tickets.”
In his Instagram stories, Garbrandt later shared the picture of his sleeping son on the back of a car with the caption, “The poor kid just wanted to go to his family.”
‘No Love’ Garbrandt signed Covid-19 in October last year and later detailed the virus’s ongoing effects.
The 29-year-old had been aiming for a showdown with reigning flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo later that year, though that prospect remains up in the air.
The competition was originally scheduled for UFC 255 in Las Vegas on November 21, before Garbrandt was forced to retire.
The Ohio native can look back on a 12-3 record and returned in his last fight in June against Raphael Assuncao, who reversed a loss in three fights.