If you were onboard American Airlines Flight 1469 to Houston last Friday, you were treated not only to a nine-hour delay, but a pair of passengers who were thrown off for refusing to wear a mask, and a chorus of passengers singing a late 1960’s hit.
Couple Serenaded Off American Airlines Flight For Refusing To Wear Masks
Tempers were already thin after a long delay and one Texas-bound couple apparently had enough. After the plane had re-boarded, they refused to keep their mask on. Despite being warned, the couple persisted and were ejected from the flight. Ironically, in the video below the man appears to have a mask on…sometimes it is too little, too late.
As the ejected passengers were gathering their belongings, passengers onboard broke into song, singing the 1969 song “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” by Steam.
Three people kicked out of American Airlines flight in MIA that had already been delayed for 9 hours. Two for not following mask rules and another person for arguing with them | #ONLYinDADE ig: dreatrev pic.twitter.com/OeNt3H6O05
— ONLY in DADE (@ONLYinDADE) September 18, 2021
Drowning out the chorus, a flight attendant admonished passengers to hush:
“Thank you for maintaining you composure. We ask that you respect the situation right now.”
The couple were removed without police presence and it is not clear if they were rebooked on a later flight.
An American Airlines spokesperson confirmed:
“Prior to takeoff, American Airlines Flight 1469, with service from Miami (MIA) to Houston (IAH), returned to the gate to deplane two customers who failed to comply with crew member instructions and refused to adhere to federal face covering requirements. We thank our team members for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”
There’s been a relative lull in viral mask incidents the last two weeks. Perhaps (hopefully) people are finally getting the message. A nine-hour delay is sure to fray many nerves, but it does not absolve us of our responsibility of abiding by airline policy.