Wednesday, August 10, 2022

US Airliner Turns Back In Mid-Flight As Passenger Defies Mask Rule

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WASHINGTON, United States (AFP)— An American Airlines jetliner headed from Miami to London turned around in mid-flight Thursday because a passenger refused to wear a COVID mask, the airline said.

“American Airlines flight 38 with service from Miami to London returned to MIA due to a disruptive customer refusing to comply with the federal mask requirement,” the airline said.

Police were waiting when the Boeing 777 carrying 129 passengers and a crew of 14 landed back in Miami.

When the plane landed police escorted that passenger off the plane without incident, a police official told CNN.

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American Airlines said that pending further investigation this passenger has been placed on a list of people barred from flying with the airline.

The Federal Aviation Administration said in January 2021 it would observe a zero tolerance policy toward people who reject federal rules mandating mask-wearing on US domestic flights.

This came as flight attendants reported a high number of incidents of verbal and physical abuse from travellers who refuse to wear a mask.

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  1. What everyone is missing is that we all have rules to follow when we are not in our own house/space. It’s definitely your choice whether you get vaccinated or not – however if you do not wish to comply with the rules of those outside of your personal space/house – just go your way and do not engage. If mask are required and you do not wish to wear one then don’t get on the plane which does not belong to you – that simple. Stop be defiant and crazy all at the same time – nonsense.

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