- A passenger was pulled from an Allegiant Air flight on Monday on charges he made “threatening statements” to the flight attendant, the Washington Post reported.
- Video of the incident shows the man saying he is fired for asking the flight attendant to wear a mask.
- Allegiant Air told Fox News the flight attendant lowered his mask while giving pre-flight instructions after some passengers said they couldn’t hear him well.
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A man was kicked off an Allegiant Air flight on Monday after being accused of making “threatening statements” to the flight attendant, the Washington Post reported.
However, a viral video of the incident shows that a man removed from the flight had asked the flight attendant to wear a face mask.
“I just asked someone to put on their face mask, that’s all I did,” the passenger can be heard.
Allegiant spokeswoman Sonya Padgett said in a statement to Business Insider that the passenger “became disruptive during the pre-flight safety briefing. Following the announcement, the passenger persisted in making threatening statements to the flight attendant, to the point of harassing him ”.
Video shows a man requesting to speak with the captain as he is escorted off the flight.
“I need you to withdraw or that I receive the police force”, could one hear an employee on the video.
A Fox News spokesperson said the attendant lowered his mask while giving pre-flight instructions after some passengers said they couldn’t hear him well.
“This is when the passenger became disruptive,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “It wasn’t a ‘ask’. The flight attendant mask was replaced immediately after the announcement. ”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said face masks can help limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Allegiant’s mask policy states that all passengers must wear a face mask, except children under two years of age. Masks can be removed for eating or drinking but must be put back on afterwards. The rule also applies to crew members, the airline says on its website.
“We have also had a few cases of customers who are hearing impaired or needing lip-reading, asking a crew member to briefly remove a mask to clarify,” Allegiant spokesperson Hilarie Gray told USA. Today. “Any incident of non-compliance is examined and dealt with on a case-by-case basis. ”
Padgett told Business Insider the passenger had been “relocated for a subsequent flight”.
USA Today reported that Allegiant did not begin requiring masks until July 2, two months after other airlines did.
A lawyer left his Allegiant Air flight in June after seeing passengers and crew wearing no masks and no seats blocked to allow for social distancing, The Indianapolis Star reported at the time.