‘Obnoxious’ high schoolers cause AA cancellation.
A group of high school students from Boston who refused to wear masks, led to American Airlines cancelling a flight to the Bahamas from North Carolina on Monday.
Flight AA893, which was bound for Nassau, experienced repeated delays as the youngsters allegedly refused to comply with the legal requirement.
The teenagers, who were treating themselves to a vacation to celebrate their graduation from Winthrop High School, were described as “trouble-makers” by other passengers.
After hours of delays, the airline made the decision to cancel the flight and provide overnight hotel accommodation for everyone onboard.
However, as the students were unable to check in to a hotel due to age requirements, they were forced to sleep in the airport instead.
Malik Banks, who was seated next to the teenagers, said: “It was bad. First, they were yelling. They were cursing. They were being very obnoxious.”
Another passenger, Stephanie Krzywanski, filmed the incident and called local news station WLTX from the cabin, saying: “There were a group of high school seniors celebrating their graduation who were being rowdy and not wearing their masks.”
The owner of Breakaway Beach, the private tour company the high-schoolers had booked through, defended his customers saying American Airlines wrongly punished the entire group after just one teenager refused to wear their mask.
“One passenger was officially escorted off of the aircraft but was not ticketed or charged with an offense,” Eugene Winer told the Boston Globe.
‘The actions of this passenger resulted in the entire group of graduates being labelled ‘unruly’ and ‘disruptive.”
In a statement, American Airlines said: “Prior to departure on July 5, multiple members of a group traveling on American Airlines Flight 893 from Charlotte (CLT) to Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) were reported to be noncompliant with federal mask requirements, became disruptive to other customers and refused to follow crew member instructions while on board.
“As a result of issues associated with members of the group, the flight incurred multiple delays before departing for NAS on Tuesday, July 6.
“We expect our customers to comply with our policies when they choose to fly with us, and we take action when that is not the case. We thank our team members for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”