A Spirit Airways’ passenger who was carrying an American-flag themed neck gaiter as a masks touched off a viral, caught-on-camera altercation when he refused to change the face masking that an airline attendant stated was “not legal.”
The exchange, recorded by the passenger and posted to social media final week, prompted the airline to launch a press release clarifying that it follows the steerage of the CDC, which says “gaiters may not be effective.”
Within the clip, posted to Twitter by SV Information, the person repeatedly asks the attendant to “show me those rules” put out by CDC concerning using gaiters for a face masking.
“I don’t have to wear the mask that you gave me,” the passenger says, in keeping with the video. “I’m wearing the mask that I have … I’ve been on 20 flights with this same exact mask.”
Earlier than the attendant walks away, he instructed the passenger the airline would “have the authorities waiting for you when we land.”
It’s unclear if that ended up being the case, however the airline final Friday responded to the confrontation.
“Safety is Spirit’s number one priority, which is why our face covering policy adheres to CDC guidelines,” the airline stated.
“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 switch to a standard ear-loop face covering.”
Spirit Airways stated the passenger refused to double his gaiter or put on an alternate masks. In addition they denied that the person was focused due to the design of his gaiter.
“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.”