A JetBlue flight to Cancun diverted to Ft. Lauderdale after a passenger onboard refused to wear a mask. Passengers heckled him as he was led off the aircraft in Florida by law enforcement personnel.
JetBlue Passenger Forces Diversion After Refusing To Wear Mask
The incident occurred on February 27th onboard a JetBlue flight from New York (JFK) to Cancun (CUN). A man boarded the flight wearing the mask, but took it off once the flight took off and refused repeated requests from flight attendants and other passengers to put it back on.
One passenger shared his account of the incident:
“Me and my family were on our way to Cancun and the passenger initially wore a mask to get on the flight but during the flight, he kept taking it off.
“The flight attendants and the pilot made two announcements about the passenger saying that if he didn’t keep his mask on then they would have to make an emergency landing and get him off.
“Sure enough, he didn’t keep the mask on and so we had to land early and then he put his mask on to leave.
“We were on the plane for roughly three hours before we landed early and then we had to stay on the plane in Florida for about an hour to an hour-and-a-half because of this.”
While making the walk of shame, one passenger called out, “I hope you get eaten by an alligator!” prompting the entire plane to burst out laughing.
Here’s video from the incident:
A JetBlue spokesperson noted:
On February 27, JetBlue flight 751 with scheduled service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Cancun, Mexico, was forced to divert to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when a customer became aggressive and threatening toward our crewmembers and other customers after being asked multiple times to comply with JetBlue’s face mask policy and the federal mask mandate.
The customer was eventually escorted off by law enforcement in Fort Lauderdale. The flight continued to Cancun without further incident.
Simple solution: fine the man $20K+ for the diversion, as the Federal Aviation Administration has warned. Every incident of selfish behavior like this should serve as a warning for any would-be copycats that it is simply not worthwhile.
image: JetBlue Mask Diversion / TikTok