AN EASYJET passenger was forced off a flight from Luton Airport to Glasgow by police for refusing to wear a face covering.
Footage shows police officers boarded the plane to escort the female passenger from the flight alongside another a male companion. Passengers described the man as “very aggressive” and said he took off his own mask and confronted airline staff. It comes as face coverings were made compulsory on planes in Scotland, England and Wales and are recommended in Northern Ireland.
Passenger Gisela Martinez told Glasgow Live: “Just after takeoff, a woman was asked to wear a mask but was ignoring the airline staff.
“She was asked several times, but to no response.
“However the man she was with was aggressively arguing back – to the point where he took off his mask, stood up and confronted staff down the front of the plane.
“He was very aggressive in his attitude to the point that a few of us felt the flight might be turned back to Luton.
“However staff continued to remind him that this was part of the terms he had agreed to when purchasing his ticket and he sat down – unhappy, but compliant from then on”.
Gisela, who lives in Glasgow and co-runs the Scaretroducing Podcast, said the disturbance left those watching on alarmed.
She added: “We were all kind of scared and confused by the situation.”
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that one man was issued with a recorded police warning in connection with a disturbance during the flight on an Easyjet flight from London Luton to Glasgow on Sunday August 30.”
The altercation comes just five days after a flight from Greek island of Zante to Cardiff resulted in almost 200 passengers being asked to self-isolate.
There are 16 cases of COVID-19 linked to people who took Tui flight 6215 to Cardiff on August 25, and officials know that seven of those cases were infectious or potentially infectious whilst on the flight, according to Dr Gwen Lowe, consultant in communicable disease control for Public Health Wales.
A traveller has said there have been about 30 cases in Wales in the last week that have come back from Zante, confirmed in people who were on different flights and staying in different locations.
Stephanie Whitfield was on the Tui flight to Cardiff and described how passengers were not wearing masks correctly and just seemed to “disregard the rules”.
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Many passengers didn’t seem to know how to wear the masks correctly or they seemed to just disregard the rules really.
“Lots of the people were wearing the masks underneath their noses or even underneath their chins.
“They were taking the masks off to talk to friends and they were going up and down the aisles to talk to their friends without their masks on.”
Asked about how the crew dealt with this, Ms Whitfield said she noticed a crew member ask one woman to put her mask on.
She added: “But the vast majority of people weren’t being spoken to, and there was a chap sat next to me who had his mask around his chin for the full flight, and the stewardess was talking to him and she didn’t say anything to him.”