Another day, another nasty brawl onboard a commercial airline flight in the United States. What’s that you say? Yes, of course it was about masks. Well, and face shields too.
Masked Man Fights Shielded Man On Crowded Allegiant Flight (For Our Safety)
If we thought the elimination of alcohol in the pandemic era would help us to avoid in-flight rage, who could have guessed the anger and excitement that was soon to come over face coverings.
To Arizona, where our incident occurred onboard an Allegiant Airlines flight out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. What started as banter between a man who with a mask and a man without a mask soon turned into a big hot mess.
Folks, if you have sensitive ears you are going to want to turn down the sound on this video:
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Rylie Lansford, who captured the video above, told NBC News:
“It was absolutely insane to me because it’s all about a mask. It didn’t need to get that way.”
Yeah, no kidding.
But welcome to year 2020, where our vision is anything but 20:20.
I look at the video and I cannot help but to simply shake my head.
So, a little backstory.
Apparently one passenger boarded wearing a face shield. Per Allegiant guidelines, shields are welcome in addition to masks, but cannot replace masks.
Let’s see if the policy is clear:
“Face shields may be worn in addition to a face covering, but not as an alternative.”
Hmm. So does that mean I can wear a face shield instead of face mask?
So the guy, let’s call him Buster, decided to argue with the flight attendant.
That upset the man sitting in front of Buster. We’ll call him Lester.
Lester was upset that Buster wasn’t practicing social distancing and wearing a mask.
So Lester attacked Buster. And cursed out Buster. And did a smashing good job of keeping his distance.
For good measure, several seemed to join the fight.
Finally, a member of ground staff pulled off Buster from the plane.
And then the plane took off with everyone else still onboard…
I can’t make this stuff up. When will it stop?