The airline mask police are at it again!
A passenger on a Spirit Airlines flight reportedly got into a verbal tussle with a flight attendant who argued that his face covering, a neck gaiter printed with an American flag design which fully covered his nose and mouth, violated the airline’s face covering policy.
Shortly thereafter, the passenger shared a video of the incident on Twitter.
— michael (@mikeampd) September 18, 2020
“I’m wearing a mask,” the passenger tells the flight attendant.
“No,” the attendant responds, asking him, “What do you have underneath it?”
The attendant proceeds to argue that the man’s face covering “isn’t legal to wear.”
“Legal by who?” the passenger asks, turning the camera to show viewers his face covering.
The attendant fired, citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus guidelines as law.
“Show me those rules,” the passenger requested.
“I don’t have to show you the rules,” the flight attendant snapped back.
“I don’t have to wear the mask that you gave me,” the passenger argued. “I’m wearing the mask that I have. … I’ve been on 20 flights with this same exact mask.”
After the passenger declared that he was finished debating the issue, the ornery attendant warned that he would “have the authorities waiting for you when we land.”
“Sounds good,” the passenger replied before ending the video.
Although the passenger’s #AmericanFlag hashtag seems to suggest that the flag design was the problem with his face covering, Spirit Airlines issued a response explaining that the style of the covering, not its design, was the problem.
— Spirit Airlines (@SpiritAirlines) September 18, 2020
“Safety is Spirit’s number one priority, which is why our face covering policy adheres to CDC guidelines,” Spirit stated in a tweet following the incident. “Our policy requires that all face coverings fit snugly cover the nose and mouth, be secure under the chin and have at least two layers of fabric. The CDC cautions that gaiters may not be effective, which is why we require Guests to either double-up neck gaiters so they’re dual-layered and hug the chin, or to wear a standard ear-loop face covering.”
“Spirit Airlines proudly welcomes anyone onboard who wants to show their pride with an American flag on a face covering that complies with our policy,” the airline added. “Our flight attendants asked the Guest in this video to double up his gaiter. When he refused, they offered him an ear-loop mask to place under his gaiter, and he refused that option, too.”
This is merely the latest incident of airlines harassing paying passengers over mask policies.
As we reported late last month, JetBlue kicked a family of seven off their flight home when their two-year-old girl would not keep a mask on her face.
“The way they treated me and went about it is inhumane,” mother Chaya Bruck said. “My kids started crying. They got scared. They didn’t know what was going on. It was very traumatizing.”
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