FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – A passenger aboard a United Airlines flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Washington, D.C., was reportedly booted from the plane after adorning a thong over his nose and mouth as a sort of mocking protest against the airline’s mask mandate.
Passenger Adam Jenne’s chuckle-worthy sort of protest against United Airlines’ mask policy on his December 15th managed to get him ejected from the flight, as airline staff did not see eye-to-eye with Jenne’s assertions that draping a thong over his nose and mouth abided by the airline’s policy.
Speaking to a local NBC affiliate about the ordeal, Jenne said that this isn’t the first time he’s rocked underwear on his face while boarding flights, noting that in previous instances of doing so, he’s gotten varied reactions from airlines and staff.
“Every single flight has been met with different reactions from the flight crew. Some with a wild appreciation, others confrontational.”
Video captured during the underwear fiasco clearly shows that Jenne had the garment covering his nose and mouth, but the crew just weren’t having it that day and told him to get off the plane. Jenne calls the whole ordeal “absurd,” considering that once cruising altitude is reached, masks can be taken off.
“There’s nothing more absurd than having to wear a mask until I get to cruising altitude so that I can order Tito’s by the double and snack on pretzels, and illustrating that absurdity by wearing women’s underwear on my face sounds perfect.”
Interestingly, after Jenne was booted from the flight, others aboard United Airlines flight 1750 wound up voluntarily leaving the flight in support of Jenne. One man who witnessed the matter asked, “Did he just get kicked off for wearing a mask?” and followed that statement with, “I’m out of here, forget it. I’m out of here” while walking off the plane.
Jenne is appreciative of those that voluntarily deboarded in support of him, saying, “Thank you to them, because they saw something, an injustice, something that didn’t make sense, and they stood up.”
As for United Airlines, they issued a statement in support of their employees who took action during the flight, saying that Jenne “clearly wasn’t in compliance” with their mask policy.
“The customer clearly wasn’t in compliance with the federal mask mandate, and we appreciate that our team addressed the issue on the ground prior to takeoff, avoiding any potential disruptions in the air.”
Jenne has since received an email from United Airlines as well, informing him that he has been banned from all United Airlines flights until his incident receives a review from the Passenger Incident Review Committee.
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