Man sparks panic on American Airlines flight.
A passenger was booted from an American Airlines flight after he refused to take off the military-style gas mask he was wearing.
The unnamed man boarded flight AA2212 at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport on Thursday, causing panic among other passengers.
When asked to remove the mask by cabin crew, he refused.
“@AmericanAir, Just FYI flight 2212 to Houston was delayed an hour because you let this guy on the plane wearing a gas mask,” Joseph Say tweeted, along with a photo of the masked man.
@AmericanAir , Just FYI flight 2212 to Houston was delayed an hour because you let this guy on the plane wearing a gas mask. This then panicked people on the plane and we had to wait for him to be escorted off. @abc13houston @KHOU @HoustonChron @KPRC2 @FOX26Houston #trainbetter pic.twitter.com/mZkWea606d
— Joseph D S❄️ (@ThePlatypusesTX) January 31, 2020
According to Say, passengers first thought it was related to the coronavirus outbreak which has killed over 300 people so far, however, the mask didn’t actually appear to be operational as it didn’t have a filter.
“The passenger was rebooked on the next flight to Houston, and flew without the mask on Thursday evening,” an American Airlines spokesperson said.