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Sunday 21 June 2020

Sorry. No face mask, no flight

Bad news for recalcitrants and Donald Trump supporters. 

American Airlines this week banned from flying a passenger who refused to wear a face mask.

Brandon Straka had a ticket to fly from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Dallas on Wednesday, but was not allowed to board, US media reported. 

American Airlines said the incident had been "thoroughly reviewed" and that Straka will not be permitted to fly American, as he failed to comply "with our stated policy and crew member instructions".

It is not currently US law to impose the wearing of face masks on flights, but airlines have implemented the policy in the wake of Covid-19.

Straka is a pro-Trump activist with over 400,000 Twitter followers.

American said: "We are committed to protecting the safety and well-being of our customers and team members, which is why we strengthened enforcement of our policy for required face coverings on board.

"We expect customers who choose to fly with us to comply with these policies, and if necessary, we will deny future travel for customers who refuse to do so.

"Restricting travel is a step we take very seriously, and it will only occur after a comprehensive review of the facts of an incident. Mr Straka will be permitted to fly with us once face coverings are no longer required for customers."

US media reported Straka said he was asked by a flight attendant if he had a condition that prevents him from wearing a mask, to which he replied: "Sanity."

I reckon most Australians would be more likely to fly American given their policy.  

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