Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. There really is just no pleasing some people. Allegiant Airlines threw a man off of his flight for wearing a mask. It was a hospital/surgical mask and completely met the CDC’s ever-changin policies so what gives? Political derangement and the left’s loathing for free speech, that’s what.
The man, seen in the video below, wrote ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ on his mask as a form of peaceful protest to the forced mandate. A flight attendant felt triggered, lost her temper, and tossed him from the plane. The little-fish airline defended her decision in a statement:
“The video in question depicts part of an incident involving a passenger who failed to comply with repeated crew member requests to adhere to the federal face mask policy,” the statement said. “The passenger was removed from the flight and issued a refund for his fare. Disregarding instructions from flight crew members is prohibited by federal regulations and is grounds for removal from a flight where such conduct creates an unsafe environment.”
The statement continued, “The decision to remove a passenger is never made lightly and is always done with the safety of our passengers and crew in mind. In April, the FAA adopted a zero-tolerance policy against unruly passenger behavior, which includes failure to comply with crew members’ instructions. We welcome the FAA’s renewed strong stance on unruly passengers, understanding the safety risk such incidents can create for both passengers and crew.”
So what do the “federal regulations say? According to CDC guidelines, the man did NOTHING wrong:
- Masks worn in a way that does not cover both the mouth and nose
- Face shields or goggles (face shields or goggles may be worn to supplement a mask that meets above required attributes)
- Scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, or bandannas
- Shirt or sweater collars (e.g., turtleneck collars) pulled up over the mouth and nose.
- Masks made from loosely woven fabric or that are knitted, i.e., fabrics that let light pass through
- Masks made from materials that are hard to breathe through (such as vinyl, plastic or leather)
- Masks containing slits, exhalation valves, or punctures
- Masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight)
Airlines continue to throw out compliant paying customers because they disagree with them politically. I find it interesting that no one wearing a ‘F*ck Trump” mask was ever thrown off of a flight. What about pro- BLM, LBGTQ, or to the airlines just draw the line at politics?
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.