Straka said there was no law which required him to wear a face covering on the flight and held up a plane of 122 passengers due to fly into Fort Worth, Texas, as crew were forced to order him off the plane.
American Airlines stopped conservative activist Brandon Straka from travelling on flight Flight 1263 from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday after he ignored crew members instructions.
American Airlines has barred a passenger from travelling with them after he ignored requests from crew members to wear a mask on its plane as per its coronavirus guidelines
It came after American Airlines announced “a stronger policy for customer face coverings” on Monday.
A man who refused to wear a face mask to protect his fellow passengers from coronavirus on a domestic flight from New York has been banned from flying.
He will now no longer be allowed to travel with the airline again until “face coverings are no longer required for customers”.
“We expect customers who choose to fly with us to comply with these policies, and if necessary, we will deny future travel for customers who refuse to do so.
“We are committed to protecting the safety and well-being of our customers and team members, which is why we strengthened enforcement of our policy for required face coverings on board,” it added.
Sky News report American Airlines said the incident had been “thoroughly reviewed” and Straka “will not be permitted to fly American, as he failed to comply with our stated policy and crew member instructions”.
Straka claims the safeguarding rules are “against the law”.
“Restricting travel is a step we take very seriously, and it will only occur after a comprehensive review of the facts of an incident. Mr Straka will be permitted to fly with us once face coverings are no longer required for customers.”
He said: “I was just removed from my flight for not wearing a mask. First time this has happened. Not a federal law. @AmericanAir staff standing over me telling me it’s the law.
The incident came to light when Straka posted exchange a video complaining about what happened to him on Twitter.
“So much for ‘please respect those who cannot wear a mask’. When I pointed out this wasn’t a law I was removed.”
He later told CNN: “I find it difficult and prohibitive to wear a mask.”
He also suggested he was in the right to refuse to wear a face covering, adding that he was merely exercising his “sanity”.
There is no US law forcing passengers to wear masks on flights and in airports – but it is now airline policy.