On an American Airlines aircraft, a woman allegedly refused to wear a face mask whilst sitting on the plane. The woman was then removed to the delight of other passengers, who applauded as she was escorted away.
A woman has been dubbed a ‘Karen’ after she refused to wear a face mask whilst sitting on an American Airlines plane, according to other passengers.
As she refused to wear the face-covering to protect herself and others from the dangers of coronavirus, the airline staff had no choice but to remove her from the flight. Although she was infuriated by the situation, others were delighted and applauded as she was escorted off the plane.
Jordan Slade, a fellow passenger on the plane, uploaded footage of the woman onto social media, as she was escorted off the flight travelling from Ohio to North Carolina on July 19, according to the Daily Mail.
Whilst passengers cheered and clapped, the woman is shown in the footage as she collects her luggage and walks off the plane.
In response to the cheering, the woman says: “You can clap all you want.”
Hearing her comment, a passenger then shouts: “Just leave. We have flights to get on.”
Whilst airline staff are shown wearing face masks by the door, the unmasked woman marches off the plane.
Ole Karen refused to wear a mask on an @AmericanAir flight so she was KICKED OFF.
— Jonah (@BookofJonah) July 20, 2020
Jordan told the Daily Mail: “She was argumentative from the gate.
“She demanded to be boarded first and was causing an obvious scene. Once boarded, she was making phone calls and arguing with the attendant when asked to put her phone away.
“She also refused to wear a mask putting others on the flight at risk…another passenger even got up to confront her about her behaviour with no mask.”
Jordon then went on to reveal that other passengers had felt obliged to confront the woman, as they were concerned she was holding the flight up.
She continued: “A woman in the back got up from her seat and sort of confronted the attendant saying she was going to miss her connection and then directed the conversation back to the woman saying if she misses her flight because of her.
“‘Karen’ justified not wearing a mask to the angry customer saying she had a medical condition.”
The footage has since gone viral on TikTok and has triggered many responses from viewers online.
One wrote: “How did she even get on the plane without one? Why wasn’t she stopped at the gate? Did she have one on to get in the plane but refused to keep it on?”
Another ranted: “She thinks rules and common sense don’t apply to her. She has THREE carry on bags on a small express jet. She should have been denied boarding for that reason alone, if not denied for not wearing a mask. When she stops being a part of the solution she becomes the problem.”
The rules of wearing a face-covering aboard a plane have been implemented in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
American Airlines has enforced this new policy and it requires that all passengers abide by it, except for children under two-years-old.
The policy says: “Be sure your face covering is on before you board the plane and wear it during your flight. If you decline to wear one, you may be denied boarding and future travel on American.”