One reason: Jets have a superior filtration system that cleanses the air.
Yet flight crews are not so sure, and in enforcing President Joe Biden’s authoritarian mandate for flights, one United Airlines squad made sure a Florida man understood a mask was required – and no, a thong does not count.
The United crew kicked Adam Jenne from a flight between Fort Lauderdale and Washington, D.C,, even though the bright red thong adorning his face covered his mouth and nose.
“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 on the air,” United said in a statement.
Jenne, a Cape Coral resident, left the plane without incident, and according to local media, Broward County sheriff’s deputies, the Transportation Security Administration, and airport security all made sure he caused no other problems during a 45-minute stay at the gate.
“I think the best way to illustrate absurdity is with absurdity,” Jenne told reporters. He added that the United excursion that never was made the 24th time he’s tried his stunt.
“Every single flight has been met with different reactions from the flight crew,” Jenne told the local media. “Some with a wild appreciation, others confrontational.”
“It’s all nonsense,” he added. “COVID doesn’t know that we’re at cruising altitude. It’s stupid. The whole thing is theater.”
Besides the thong, Jenne also wore a “Let’s go Brandon” T-shirt – and he even donned the mantle of a civil rights hero.
“Everything else that has sparked change in this country has started from everyday people,” he said. “Rosa Parks wasn’t famous. She changed the course of history.”
Reportedly, once Jenne got the boot, other passengers removed their masks and exited the plane in solidarity.
“I think it’s a testament to passengers having had enough, citizens having had enough. This is just nonsense,” he said. “My intention was not to ruin anybody else’s day.”
On Thursday, Jenne was going to try his luck on Spirit Airlines, which, he said, he hoped had “a better sense of humor.”
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