A woman wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat was thrown off a Frontier Airlines flight for refusing to wear a mask then calling a black passenger “nigger” as he deplaned.
Mask Incident On Frontier Airlines
The incident occurred last month on a Frontier Airlines flight from Seattle to Denver. After the lady and her traveling companion (also wearing a Trump hat) refused to wear a mask, they were asked to exit the aircraft.
They refused. This forced the captain to order everyone else off the aircraft:
The two passengers who we need to remove from the airplane are refusing to do that. We can resolve this easily but at this point I have to ask everyone to leave the airplane. Take your IDs and your boarding passes. You can leave your personal belongings if you’re gonna reboard. Please do not get involved in the altercation or you will not reboard.
As passengers departed, the lady wished them a good day followed by the word “nigger” for a black passengers onboard. Her friend sat watching, eating an apple (“oh, but we don’t need a mask because we were eating!”).
Law enforcement personnel entered the aircraft and removed the women. Passengers waiting in the gate area to rebound applauded as the women left the aircraft. Frontier has subsequently banned the ladies from future travel on the airline.
The story is so outlandish that part of me thinks this was some sort of cruel satire joke. But with the election two months behind us, to what end? Whatever drove these two characters to act so poorly, I bring this news to you for two purposes.
First, unless we call out bad behavior, it will fester. I don’t think writing about these women, who I have not identified, gives them any positive notoriety. Quite the contrary, it brands them as pathetic miscreants. Second, these women should be fined severely for the infraction. Not because of the racial epithet, per se, but because their antics cost passengers time and time is money, which is not without value. Slapping heavy fines on these losers may deter others from engaging in similar practices.
(H/T: View from the Wing)