Man Claims He Was Kicked Off Flight For Allegedly Taking Off His Mask To Eat

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A Black man wearing a “Trump 2020” mask was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight after he pulled down his mask to eat his snacks.

Footage of the incident shows the man, who was wearing a “Black Voices for Trump” hat, talking to one of the crew members. He was holding a bag of mixed nuts with his mask under his chin.

Photo Credit: New York Post

Photo Credit: New York Post

“Tell us the policy that says he cannot eat with his mask off?” the woman filming the video is heard asking. “It’s the hat and the mask — it’s not the eating.”

However, a representative of the airline claims that the man was removed from the flight after multiple employees asked him to put on his mask, the Washington Examiner reported.

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Photo Credit: New York Post

“Our reports indicate that a Customer traveling on Flight 2632, with scheduled service from Tampa to Dallas, was asked repeatedly by more than one employee at different times to wear a face mask,” the representative stated. “The customer did not comply with our crew’s multiple verbal requests — including while boarding the flight before seated.”

According to the representative, the man was later placed on a different flight.

Photo Credit: New York Post

Photo Credit: New York Post

“The decision was made to return to the gate and re-accommodate him on a later flight to his final destination after receiving assurances he would comply with our face-covering policy,” the rep. stated. “We regret the inconvenience the situation created for all involved, but our crew must uphold the well-being and comfort of all Passengers.”

Southwest Airlines policy states that all passengers age 2 and older are mandated to wear face coverings on flights in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Sources: America Now

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