American Airlines pulled out a man from his flight after he refused to wear a face mask on board. According to CNN’s latest report, the passenger’s removal from an American Airlines flight on Wednesday, June 17, was caused by the tension over wearing masks as airlines instituted stricter safety rules.
Brandon Straka, the passenger who refused to wear a face covering, was asked to get off a flight from New York to Dallas since the policy of American Airlines requires the passengers to wear one, as stated by the airline. The incident is the first one after different airlines announced that they will enforce more strict measures.
According to the previous report of CNN, although the law does not mandate people to wear face coverings, airlines have enforced their own mask requirements for passengers and crew members. American Airlines, including several major US carriers, pledged this week that they will take a harder line on instituting their rules and regulations. The incident happened aboard Flight 1263 from New York’s Laguardia to Dallas/Fort Worth, as confirmed by American Airlines, saying that Straka declined the company’s policy to wear a face mask.
“After he refused to comply with the instructions provided by the flight crew, our team members asked him to deplane. He deplaned, and the flight departed the gate four minutes late at 12:34 p.m. ET,” said the airline.
According to CNN, Brandon Straka appeared on Fox News as a conservative personality who describes himself on his official website as a former liberal, encouraging people to leave the Democratic Party. Although he sees it as a personal decision, Straka said he is anti-mask for himself after he was asked on the report about-face coverings.
Straka sells masks on his websites, together with other items such as T-shirts. He said that a flight attendant already informed him that the law indicates passengers to wear a mask to be on a flight.”I was just irritated by the fact that there wasn’t even a conversation. I said to her, ‘That’s not a law,” said Straka. A New York Times report, who was on board when the incident happened, posted a video on Twitter containing the recorded argument about the face mask policy.
You can hear a female voice in a video clip–she was asking about medical documents, including an exchange about medical conditions; there were no images of the flight attendant and Straka on the video, only the audio is available. “I was just removed from my flight for not wearing a mask. 1st time this has happened,” said Straka on his tweet about the incident.
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