American Airlines has decided to ban a passenger for refusing to wear a face mask on a recent flight.

What happened:

The unmasked woman — who was on a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C. — was filmed yelling at the American Airlines crew as she was asked to put on a mask.

  • The video was posted to Twitter and shortly went viral.
  • The woman can be heard yelling, “If we don’t stand up it’s only going to get worse.”
  • The woman attempted to give a speech about “tyranny.” Nearby passengers moved away from her.
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Response:

American Airlines issued a statement to Fox News about the moment, confirming the details of its policy.

  • “Following multiple requests to comply with mandatory face-covering requirements, one passenger stood up and began yelling at flight attendants and surrounding customers,” American Airlines said in a statement. ”Federal Air Marshals intervened to help deescalate and maintain control of the situation for the duration of the flight.
  • “The aircraft landed without further incident and was met on arrival by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police,” American Airlines said.
  • The carrier said the incident is under investigation.
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Context:

Since the start of the pandemic, multiple airlines have been hundreds of passengers for not wearing their masks. Airlines have added mask-wearing to their policies for flying.

More drama for American Airlines

American Airlines has seen some drama lately. In fact, the airline had to defend the actions of a pilot, who told travelers that he would “put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off” if people didn’t behave, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • The flight turned troubling after people started to chant “USA!” together on the plane.

American Airlines said last week it will make changes to its flights after observing “politically motivated aggression” on trips to Washington, D.C., as I wrote about for the Deseret News.