Just before the final checks before takeoff, one person on an Allegiant Air flight was forced to leave the plan because of a “comment” he had written on his mask. The flight attendant who went after him about it told him to put on a new mask. He questioned if that would be a violation of his rights, requesting the attendant give me an “FAA regulation” highlighting a reason for her demand.
This guy was reportedly kicked off a flight because he had “let’s go Brandon” written on his mask and refused to change masks. @Allegiant employee claims it’s an “FAA regulation” pic.twitter.com/4ipRbqggEB
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) February 16, 2022
Some have stated that the “comment” written on the mans mask was “Let’s Go Brandon.”
“Allegiant confirmed to Fox Business that the passenger was removed but claimed it was because he was disobeying the flight attendant. Allegiant wouldn’t confirm whether or not the passenger had been unruly or violated the policy based on the slogan, nor where the flight departed or was headed,” reported The Daily Mail before going on to add that Allegiant had already put forth their own comments in a press release that stated:
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 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 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.
There have been various political messages that many airlines have tolerated or even heavily promoted. Back in 2020, while in the midst of the massive riots tearing through the country that was sparked by the death of George Floyd, it was reported by CBS News that American Airlines allowed their employees to wear a Black Lives Matter pin as part of their standard uniform. “The decision comes after American Airlines employees saw people at other companies wearing BLM pins and asked if they could do the same,” highlighted CBS News.
American Airlines put forth a statement on the subject that stated:
American Airlines believes in equity and inclusion for all…Fundamentally, we believe Black Lives Matter is an expression of equality, not a political statement…It doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter, rather that in our society Black lives should matter and be valued the same as others. We are showing our support for our Black colleagues and customers who have experienced discrimination and injustice, not any particular organization. This decision underscores our belief that all people, regardless of race, gender or ethnicity, deserve to be treated with equality and respect.