A Spirit Airlines flight attendant and passenger engaged in a verbal battle over a neck gaiter bearing the American flag. The flight attendant insisted a neck gaiter was an inappropriate type of face covering and threatened to call the police. Meanwhile, the passenger suggested he was being targeted for wearing an American flag.
A Skirmish Over A Neck Gaiter On Spirit Airlines
In terms of describing what happened, there’s not much additional background needed beyond the video below:
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Based on the video, it appears the flight attendant attempted to provide the passenger with an additional mask and he refused.
Some on the right are trying to make this about the American flag. But it seems the far more likely situation is that gaiters are simply not appropriate.
A Spirit Airlines spokesperson underscored that Spirit “proudly welcomes anyone onboard who wants to show their pride with an American flag on a face covering that complies with our policy,” but noted:
“Our flight attendants asked this guest to double up his American flag gaiter as required by our policy, and in line with CDC guidelines for dual-layered face coverings that hug the chin closely. He would have been welcome to keep wearing it like that, but he refused to follow the rules.”
Indeed, neck gaiters have been found to be worse than wearing no mask at all according to a Duke study. However, the flight attendant noted the CDC banned them and it actually has not. The Spirit spokesperson clarified:
“The CDC cautions that gaiters may not be effective, which is why we require Guests to either double up neck gaiters so they’re dual-layered and hug the chin, or to switch to a standard ear-loop face covering.”
Was there a political element involved in this as alleged? I find it hard to believe. For what purpose would a flight attendant engage in a needless confrontation? But in this case, I was not aware that neck gaiters (at last of the single-layer variety) are not permitted (they are on Southwest Airlines). Now I do…