Woman kicked off Frontier Airlines flight over mask dispute
Tampa-bound passenger removed from flight.
A woman was kicked off a Frontier Airlines flight after refusing to wear a mask and calling an airline employee an “a**hole”.
The incident occurred in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 3 for a flight destined for Tampa, Florida.
After boarding the aircraft, the woman removed her face mask and refused to put it back on.
“Ma’am you need to have a mask on. You need to have the paper mask they provided,” the flight attendant says in a video posted online.
As the attendant turns to walk away, the passenger can be heard remarking, “Thanks a**hole”
“OK, you’re done. Let’s go,” the attendant responds.
“You’re getting off the aircraft. You’re done, you’re not going to speak to me like that. You have to comply. You agreed to this when you checked into our flight and when you bought your ticket so I need you to get off the aircraft at this time.”
In another Twitter video, a security officer can be seen taking the woman’s luggage from the overhead bin and guiding her off the plane, to clapping and jeers.
“Bye, Karen!” some passengers yell.
In the last few months, fights over face masks have become an all-too-common occurrence on US planes.
Videos posted online show brawls between passengers as well as unruly passengers intentionally coughing on others.
Frontier’s website states: “We require both passengers and employees to wear a face covering over nose and mouth throughout the Frontier travel experience including at ticket counters, gate areas, baggage claim and onboard all flights.
“The only exception is for children under the age of 2.”
The plane erupted in applause after the mask-less woman was taken off. Someone even called her “Karen.” pic.twitter.com/zVLuSlYivN
— Griffin Frank (@GriffinFrank) December 3, 2020