If this “Let’s Go Brandon” mask story really did occur as told by the passenger, I have a big problem with an oversensitive JetBlue flight attendant.
Man Thrown Off JetBlue Flight Even After Removing “Let’s Go Brandon” Mask
Video shows a man in a surgical mask being asked by a member of JetBlue ground staff to disembark the plane. He complies, standing up, turning toward other passengers and remarking that he had removed his “Let’s Go Brandon” mask when asked, but simply wanted to film the interaction.
I don’t blame him. In an era in which flight attendants can twist your words in an attempt to find a false pretense to throw you off the flight, it makes sense to cover your tracks.
The passenger goes on to claim that flight attendant “Michael” threw him off the flight because he was offended by the mask.
We don’t know what happened before the cameras began rolling. It isn’t clear how aggressive the passenger or flight attendant were or how quickly the passenger complied with the request and what language he used.
Therefore, to a degree this is simply a theoretical discussion.
The partisan Daily Caller did look into the story and even interviewed the passenger, Ryan Salo, who was traveling on JetBlue from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) to Cleveland (CLE). Salo said he wore the mask on the outbound flight without issue and flight attendants even joked about it. It wasn’t until the return flight was about to takeoff when a flight attendant approached him with a surgical mask and asked him to switch. Salo initially questioned why he should have to switch masks, asking the flight attendant to cite the specific policy, but did eventually comply…on the condition that the flight attendant tell him on camera the mask was not permitted. Instead, he was thrown off the flight.
I’ve long condemned “Let’s Go Brandon” or “F 12” masks as childish and inappropriate. It takes a certain amount of desperateness to use profanity, directly stated or implied, to make your point.
That said, if a flight attendant tells you to change your mask (remember, there are no free speech rights on an airplane) and you comply, you should not then be thrown off.
Of course it made the flight attendant uncomfortable to be filmed. Too bad. He wasn’t the only party offended: the passenger was too and in the foul state of political discourse in this country, it does not strike me as unreasonable to point out the unevenness of what constiutes offensive.
JetBlue does not have an official photography policy onboard. In the past, JetBlue has said:
“Our crewmembers use their professional judgment in evaluating the appropriate use of photography or videography on board, especially when it involves the privacy of other customers and the safe and secure operations of the airline.”
Passengers are expected to abide by crew member instructions – but what about when the crew may be overstepping its bound?
“Failure to do so, or otherwise demonstrating a potential risk of escalation or confrontation with customers or crew members in flight, may result in a customer being removed from the aircraft.”
Under that policy was their any justification to throw Salo off? I suppose…but that policy is so broad there is room to throw anyone off for anything.
The unknowns of this specific story aside, I hope we can all agree that if someone is wearing a mask deemed offensive, is asked to remove it, and does so, he should not be thrown off a flight. Furthermore, crew better get used to being filmed, because this is the way of the future. Holding flight attendants accountable is sometimes only possible by filming them.
That said, I’m looking forward to the mask mandate being lifted since the “Let’s Go Brandon” types will probably be the first to ditch their masks.