With the strict laws of the mask-wearing policy including social distancing, many airlines have asked its passengers to maintain and adhere to all its policies. However, many passengers have denied wearing masks due to various issues for a couple of months. Perhaps, some passengers just cover their faces with two-layered pieces of cloth and board the flights (which is eventually not appreciated by many flights). Well, a video has been doing rounds on the internet where a flight attendant of Spirit Airlines is seen arguing with the passenger over a mask.
Apparently, the passenger wore a neck gaiter which had American Flag’s image on it. According to the video, the flight attendant argues with the passenger and calls that it is not legal to wear the face coverings. In reply to that, the passenger says, “Legal by who?” and the attendant reiterated, “legal according to the CDC.” Also, the passenger mentioned him traveling on various flights with the same face coverings but nobody questioned him. When the conversation took more rows of argument, the passenger claimed that he was done talking and to which, the flight attendant concluded the argument by stating, “Well, so am I. You will have the authorities waiting for you when we land.”
Twitter users reacted to the video by stating that the flight attendant had an issue over the American flag rather than the face covering. Well, the allegations were denied by Spirit Airlines. Spirit Airlines also posted a clarification on its Twitter page which read, “Safety is Spirit’s No. 1 priority, which is why our face-covering policy adheres to CDC guidelines. Our policy requires that all face coverings fit snugly, cover the nose and mouth, be secure under the chin, and have at least two layers of fabric. The CDC cautions that gaiters may not be effective, which is why we require guests to either double-up neck gaiters so they’re dual-layered and hug the chin, or to wear a standard ear-loop face-covering underneath it. Spirit Airlines proudly welcomes anyone onboard who wants to show their pride with an American flag on a face covering that complies with our policy. Our flight attendants asked the guest in this video to double up his gaiter. When he refused, they offered him an ear-loop mask to place under his gaiter, and he refused that option, too.”