An evangelical pastor has claimed that American Airlines has banned him for preaching the Bible despite holding nearly two million miles on the carrier. But AA insists the pastor refused to comply with its onboard mask policy.
Pastor Mike Gendron Claims He Was Banned From American Airlines Due To False Report From Disgruntled Flight Attendant
Mike Gendron is an evangelical preacher who focuses on apologetics and what he views as the danger of Roman Catholicism. Gendron claims that when checking into his flight from Green Bay (GRB) to Dallas (DFW) via Chicago (ORD) he was told that he could no longer fly American Airlines.
The reason given: he had violated the mask mandate on his outbound journey on American flight 1408 from Dallas to Chicago on April 9th.
Gendron says that he wore his mask during the entire flight.
After being informed of the ban, Gendron reached out to American and “argued” with two customer service representatives, claiming “I did not even have a conversation with any flight attendant except to ask for a cup of water.”
Gendron claims to be a loyal “million miler” American flyer who holds close two million miles with AA (that’s a foolish bet).
“This is indeed a strange way to run an airline and an outrageous and disgraceful way to treat a once loyal, longtime customer.”
In fact, Gendron believes that he has been banned from American Airlines because of a disgruntled flight attendant who filed a false report against him due to his ministry.
“Many are suggesting that one of the Chicago-based flight attendants may have recognized me and my ministry to rescue Catholics from religious deception. Most think this had nothing to do with wearing a mask but more to do with who I am and the ministry I have been directing for over 30 years.”
Apparently he has been using this “warning” slide during his conferences:
The Flight Report Suggests Otherwise
Live and Let’s Fly has reviewed the report of the flight in incident. There was not one disgruntled flight attendant: the entire crew noted that Gendron boarded the aircraft without a mask and refused to put one on, pointing to a cup of coffee he was holding.
Despite repeated attempts to get Gendron to comply, he refused. During the flight, he repeatedly removed his mask and then kept it off. Flight attendants begged him to put it back on and he would not. Instead, he “preached” about how ridiculous the mask mandate was.
Unsurprisingly, an American Airlines spokesperson declined to provide details, only noting:
American Airlines thoroughly reviewed an incident on April 9 involving one of our customers, Michael Gendron. Due to Mr. Gendron’s refusal to comply with our face covering policy and crewmember instructions, he will not be permitted to fly with us for the duration of the policy.
At American, the safety and well-being of our customers and team members is our top priority. Our face covering requirement has been and will continue to be a critical component of our comprehensive effort to protect our customers and team members throughout the pandemic.
Gendron’s flight ban on American Airlines will remain in effect until the mask mandate is relaxed.
CONCLUSION – A Personal Plea To Pastor Gendron
Hey pastor, your account of what happened does not square with the report. Are you really accusing several flight attendants of lying?
“A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established.”
-Deuteronomy 19:15 (ESV)
American Airlines currently follows federal guidelines and requires all passengers two years of age and over to wear a mask. As ridiculous as you may find that, that is the rule (see Romans 13).
If you really did refuse to wear your mask and then lie about it, what kind of testimony does that convey?
Always remember Numbers 32:23b:
“Be sure your sin will find you out.”