“The old liberal” Brandon Straka was taken aback when he was asked to put a mask on the face, while on an airplane.
The gay activist is the founder of the #WalkAway Campaign, a conservative movement that encourages people to leave the Democratic Party. A growing trend in the united States do not see conservative and Republican leaning people who refuse to follow the precautions to combat the virus.
Straka was very unhappy when American Airlines staff asked him to wear a mask for his flight out of LaGuardia airport in New York.
Straka was on his way to Oklahoma to attend Trump’s controversial next rally originally scheduled for June 19, also known as the festival Juneteenth in honor of the end of slavery. As per the airlines policy, all passengers are required to wear a face covering to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Straka threw a tantrum, apparently indignant at being told to follow the airlines rules like everyone else.
New York Times journalist Astead Wesley, who happened to be on the flight, and tweeted a video of Straka lose on an air hostess.
In the video, you can hear Straka moaning, relentless, even when the air hostess offered him other options, and reminds him that he is delaying the vol.
While Straka and the hostess say, other passengers start yelling at the Straka to deboard the plane. Wesley also mentioned that once Straka has left, the passengers started to applaud.
CNN has reported American airlines statement confirming that the incident took place, explaining:
“After refusing to comply with the instructions provided by the flight crew, the members of our team asked him to disembark from the plane. He landed and the plane left the gate four minutes late at 12:34 pm (ET). “
Straka went on to record a video, to tell his version of the facts.
Straka complained about being launched, stating that the flight staff intimidate him, and that, since the wearing of a mask is technically not the law, then it should not be necessary to wear one.
But people were not buying his story after seeing Wesley video.
Straka complaints result in a series of Tweets.
He claims to have filmed the entire altercation, but has not posted the video or responded to requests for it.
American Airlines is obviously refusing to back out of their security measures, as Straka is now banned from flights for the duration of the mask requirements.
With regard to the decision, the airline said:
“American Airlines thoroughly reviewed the episode of 17 June involving one of our clients, Brandon Straka. The result of this review, Mr. Straka will not be allowed to fly to America, as it has failed to comply with our policy and the members of the crew instructions. “
The conservative personality would be the first person to be banned by an airline because of their refusal to wear a mask.
While most of the airlines, businesses and the public, the transit operations are currently requiring passengers to wear masks, exceptions to the rule are made for young children, people who are in the process of eating or drinking, and for people who suffer from medical conditions that make wearing a mask difficult.