January 22, 2022

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FLORIDA: A man has been ejected from a plane for wearing a mask

FLORIDA: A man has been ejected from a plane for wearing a mask

Miami | A passenger on a United Airlines flight was forced to disembark before taking off at Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, wearing a red mask over his face, local media reported on Thursday.

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The 38-year-old explained to local channel NBC2 that he wanted to demonstrate the “absurdity” of the rule of wearing a mask to protect oneself from COVID-19 on board planes while allowing passengers to remove them to eat and drink.

Video of the incident on Wednesday, shot by another passenger, shows the crew being told they could not stay on the plane if they kept their thongs on their face. After the discussion, the man finally left his seat and resigned.

In an interview with NBC2, he compared himself to African-American Rosa Parks, a symbol of the civil rights struggle in the United States who refused to give her seat to a white man on a bus in 1955. , Laws challenging discrimination in force at the time.

“Every change in this country is brought about by the common people,” he said. “Rosa Parks is not famous. It changed the course of history.”

“The customer has clearly not complied with the federal obligation to wear the mask and we thank our staff for resolving the issue on the ground prior to takeoff, preventing any potential disruption in the air,” United Airlines responded in a press release. Sent to local press.

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