Passenger refuses to wear mask as Miami-London flight turns around

She did as she pleased, and 128 passengers suffered the consequences. An American Airlines plane that linked Miami (United States) to London (United Kingdom) turned around after about 90 minutes in the air on Wednesday, one of the passengers refusing to wear her mask, said the airline in a statement.

“American Airlines Flight 38 from Miami to London has returned to Miami due to a disruptive customer refusing to comply with the federal mask-wearing requirement,” American Airlines said in a statement provided to AFP. . The flight was canceled and the passengers had to sleep in Miami before they could finally depart on Thursday morning.

The Boeing 777, which was carrying 129 passengers and 14 crew members, was greeted on its return to Florida by Miami police. “Once the plane arrived at the gate, the passenger was escorted off the plane by (Miami Police) without incident,” a police official told CNN, but she did not. was not arrested.

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American Airlines, for its part, clarified that the customer involved in this incident has been placed on the company’s “internal denial list”, “pending further investigation”.

The US civil aviation regulator (FAA) declared in January 2021 a zero-tolerance policy towards passengers who refuse to wear the mask, while airline flight personnel faced a very high number of reported cases of verbal abuse. or physical harm from persons refusing to comply with this obligation.