American Bans Passenger Who Refused to Wear a Mask

By Kurt Stolz on 19 June 2020
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American Airlines announced it had, following a review of the incident, banned the passenger who on Wednesday refused to wear a mask on one of its flights.

“As a result of this review, Mr. Straka will not be permitted to fly American, as he failed to comply with our stated policy and crewmember instructions,” the airline said in a statement.

“We are committed to protecting the safety and well-being of our customers and team members, which is why we strengthened enforcement of our policy for requiring face coverings on board,” it said.  “We expect customers who choose to fly with us to comply with these policies, and if necessary, we will deny future travel for customers who refuse to do so.”

The passenger, identified by the airline as Brandon Straka, a hair stylist and reportedly failed actor from New York, was asked to get off a flight from New York City to Dallas after refusing to wear a face mask in compliance with the airline’s policy, the carrier said.

The incident took place on board Flight 1263 from LaGuardia Airport to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

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