Another mask confrontation aboard an airline — and this one had a musical component.
Since the increase in passenger meltdowns amid the pandemic, we have seen other travelers applaud when an unruly individual is removed from the plane. Rarely have we seen people break out in song.
That’s what happened Friday night aboard an American Airlines flight from Miami to Houston.
Video posted on Only in Dade’s Twitter page and shot by an onlooker shows a kerfuffle taking place at the front of the aircraft. Three people were asked to leave the plane following a disagreement over masks and a long delay, the post reads.
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As the people are removed, you hear cheering before several passengers celebrate with the classic 1969 Steam song, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.” Cover versions of the hit are played frequently at athletic events and movies — including “Remember the Titans.”
An American Airlines spokeswoman on Monday confirmed the incident to the Miami Herald, but noted that only two people were told to exit and did not mention delays. No arrests were made.
“Prior to takeoff, American Airlines Flight 1469, with service from Miami (MIA) to Houston (IAH), returned to the gate to deplane two customers who failed to comply with crew member instructions and refused to adhere to federal face covering requirements,” the AA statement said. “We thank our team members for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”
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Mask rules are clearly stated prior to boarding as well as via the website.
“U.S. federal law requires that you wear a face covering at all times while indoors at the airport and on board your flight. If you refuse to wear one, you may be denied boarding and future travel on American,” says the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline, which refers you to the CDC for more information about COVID-19.
Due to a surge in variant cases of the virus, federal mask mandates will likely remain in place until at least early 2022.