After becoming the first known case of someone kicked off a flight due to refusal to wear a mask Wednesday, an American Airlines passenger has now become the first to be temporarily banned by an airline.Passenger Brandon Straka was asked to get off a flight from New York to Dallas after he refused to wear a face covering as required by American Airlines policy, the airline confirmed in a statement.Straka will be allowed to fly with American Airlines “once face coverings are no longer required for customers,” the airline said Thursday in a statement to CNN.
American Airlines declined to say how often people are banned. CNN has reached out to Straka for comment.This is the first known incident of this type since the airlines announced plans to more strictly enforce mask wearing.Wearing face coverings on planes is not mandated by law, but airlines have instituted their own mask requirements for crew and passengers. This week, several major US carriers, including American Airlines, pledged that they will take a harder line on enforcing their policies.American Airlines confirmed the incident aboard Flight 1263 from New York’s LaGuardia to Dallas/Fort Worth, saying that Straka declined to wear a face covering.
After he refused to comply with the instructions provided by the flight crew, our team members asked him to deplane. He deplaned and the flight departed the gate four minutes late at 12.34pm ET,” the airline said in a statement.Straka was rebooked on a later flight after he agreed to comply with company policies, the airline said, and American is reaching out to him for more information on the incident. Straka said he wore a mask the company provided but took it off once he was on board the plane and no one complained.”This is insane. Absolutely insane,” Straka said in a Periscope post on social media. “We don’t even have a choice anymore.”Straka told CNN in a phone interview that the flight was close to departing when “one of the flight attendants came to me pretty aggressively and said, ‘Sir, you need to be wearing your mask.’ And I said, ‘Well, I don’t have one.'”Straka is a conservative personality who has appeared on Fox News. He describes himself on his website as a former liberal who encourages people to leave the Democratic Party.When asked about masks, Straka said he is anti-mask for himself, but he sees it as a personal decision. Along with T-shirts and other items, Straka sells masks on his website. click for more info: https://www.9news.com.au/national/us-news-american-airlines-passenger-kicked-off-for-not-wearing-covid19-mask/8d122cee-be8e-4342-937c-e33d015d7e53