Three people got off the plane for not wearing masks – after waiting nine hours to get on the plane
Three American Airlines passengers were kicked off a flight at Miami Airport on Friday after they refused to comply with mask rules.
The flight to Houston had already been delayed by nine hours before the accident.
In a video taken by another passenger, a woman in a red shirt and a man in a black jacket are seen collecting their belongings from overhead bins before walking to the front of the plane.
There is no footage of an apparent disagreement over mask wearing, but the Instagram account @OnlyinDade — referring to Florida’s Miami-Dade — noted that two passengers were not wearing masks properly, while a third argued with cabin crew.
Three people were kicked off an American Airlines flight at MIA that had already been delayed by nine hours. Two for not following the mask rules and another for arguing with them,” reads the Instagram comment, which attributes the video to user @dreatrev.
Whatever the reason for the flight’s evacuation, it was a popular decision with other passengers, who could be heard laughing and singing “Na na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye” like anti-Masks. outside the plane.
A spokesperson for American Airlines said: “Before take-off, American Airlines Flight 1469, serving from Miami (MIA) to Houston (IAH), returned to the gate to disembark two customers who failed to comply with crew member instructions and refused to do so. Requirements Federal face covering.
“We thank our team members for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”
The US has a federal mask mandate, which means passengers must wear masks on all airlines and at all airports across the country until at least January 2022.
In July, CNBC reported that 75 percent of the FAA’s unruly passenger reports since January 1 concerned the wearing of masks — customers often beginning with refusing to wear or pulling on them, before escalating to physical confrontation or verbal abuse.
Earlier this month, President Biden increased the fine for those who refuse to wear masks on US flights to at least $500, saying, “If you break the rules, be prepared to pay — and by the way, show some respect.”