A passenger on a United Airlines flight wearing a red face mask was forced to disembark at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida, local media reported on Thursday.
The 38-year-old explained to local channel NBC2 that he wanted to prove the “absurdity” of the rule of wearing a mask to protect against Covit-19 on planes, while allowing passengers to eat and drink and remove passengers.
Video of the incident on Wednesday, filmed by another passenger, shows the crew telling them they could not stay on the plane if they had thongs on their face. After the discussion, the person left his seat and resigned.
In his interview with NBC2, he compared himself to the African-American Rosa Parks, a symbol of the struggle for civil rights in the United States, who in 1955 refused to give his seat to a white man on a bus. Laws in force at the time.
“In this country, every change was brought about by ordinary people,” he explained seriously. “Rosa Parks was not popular. She changed the course of history.”
United Airlines responded, “The customer clearly did not comply with the federal obligation to wear the mask, and we are grateful to our team for resolving the problem with the ground before departure, without causing any disruption to the flight.” Newsletter sent to local newspapers.
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