June 18, 2020-
American Airlines has removed a passenger from a flight after he refused to wear a face covering in compliance with its Covid-19 safety policy.
Brandon Straka was asked to wear a face mask on Flight 1263 from New York to Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday.
When Mr Straka refused, he was asked to leave the flight, the airline said.
Mr Straka said there was no law that required him to wear a face covering on the flight.
“I was just removed from my flight for not wearing a mask. 1st time this has happened. Not a federal law,” Mr Straka tweeted from New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
“When I pointed out this was not true, they said, ‘yes it is, yes it is’. Eventually they changed their story to, ‘it’s our policy and if you don’t do it you can’t fly with us’,” he said.
After a tense exchange between Mr Straka and the flight attendant, a different woman can be heard shouting: “Sir, can you put it on or get off?”
American Airlines said there are exceptions to its mask rules for children, passengers eating and drinking, and those with medical conditions.
The airline told that Mr Straka had agreed to “comply with our policies” and was rebooked onto a later flight.
“Our team is reviewing this incident, and we are reaching out to Mr Straka to get more information,” the airline added.
Mr Straka told US media he wore a face mask provided by the airline before boarding the second flight but took it off on the plane.