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British tourist tube Pringles for last four hours to avoid wearing coronavirus face mask

A British tourist has bragged about making a tube of Pringles for ‘four hours’ so he could avoid a face mask on his flight to Tenerife.

Vacationer Michael Richards, 41, bought the tube of salt and vinegar Pringles on board the easyJet flight and nibbled it every two and a half minutes.

He later boasted on Facebook that he had avoided his ‘uncomfortable’ mask the entire trip, except for ten minutes on a toilet break and to put his suitcase in the overhead compartment.

In addition to a photo of a tube of Pringles and a disposable coffee cup, he wrote: ‘You can take off your mask while eating and drinking on the plane.

“I can’t believe I made those Pringles in the last four hours. That’s a pringle every two and a half minutes. ‘

Vacationer Michael Richards (pictured), 41, bought the tube of salt and vinegar Pringles on board the easyJet flight and nibbled it every two and a half minutes

Vacationer Michael Richards (pictured), 41, bought the tube of salt and vinegar Pringles on board the easyJet flight and nibbled it every two and a half minutes

He later boasted on Facebook that he had avoided his 'uncomfortable' mask the entire trip, except for ten minutes on a toilet break and to put his suitcase in the overhead compartment. Pictured are tube of Pringles

He later boasted on Facebook that he had avoided his 'uncomfortable' mask the entire trip, except for ten minutes on a toilet break and to put his suitcase in the overhead compartment. Pictured are tube of Pringles

He later boasted on Facebook that he had avoided his ‘uncomfortable’ mask the entire trip, except for ten minutes on a toilet break and to put his suitcase in the overhead compartment. Pictured are tube of Pringles

Mr Richards traveled from his home in Huddersfield to Tenerife South Airport with his wife Della Richards, 37, and their two children Sapphire Richards, six, and Zarina Richards, 10, on Tuesday, August 25, for two weeks in the sun.

It is currently against easyJet flight regulations for customers to travel without wearing a mask.

But Mr. Richards said ‘I thought I’d take the time to eat these Pringles to see how long they would last, and I just kept nibbling but it was hard because once you pop you can’t stop , do you know.

‘When we landed, I googled how many Pringles were in a tube and it’s about 100 Pringles, then divided that by the time of the flight and that’s one every two and a half minutes.

In addition to a photo of a tube of Pringles and a disposable coffee cup, he wrote: 'You can take off your mask while eating and drinking on the plane'

In addition to a photo of a tube of Pringles and a disposable coffee cup, he wrote: 'You can take off your mask while eating and drinking on the plane'

In addition to a photo of a tube of Pringles and a disposable coffee cup, he wrote: ‘You can take off your mask while eating and drinking on the plane’

“So if you sat there chewing, you could pretty much get through an entire flight without wearing a mask.”

Mr. Richards said he had no intention of not wearing a mask, but wanted to test if he would get away with it for the entire flight.

Some users said they were impressed that he got away with it.

One said, “Good idea. I’ll do this next time. ‘

One of them commented, “My husband did the same, but he had more than Pringles.”

However, one concerned user wrote, “Glad I wasn’t on that plane.”

Mr Richards said the criticism did not bother him as ‘they are at home in the UK in rainy weather and we sunbathe in Tenerife’.

Mr. Richards traveled from his home in Huddersfield to Tenerife South Airport with his wife Della Richards, 37, and their two children Sapphire Richards, six, and Zarina Richards, 10, on Tuesday, August 25, for two weeks in the sun

Mr. Richards traveled from his home in Huddersfield to Tenerife South Airport with his wife Della Richards, 37, and their two children Sapphire Richards, six, and Zarina Richards, 10, on Tuesday, August 25, for two weeks in the sun

Mr. Richards traveled from his home in Huddersfield to Tenerife South Airport with his wife Della Richards, 37, and their two children Sapphire Richards, six, and Zarina Richards, 10, on Tuesday, August 25, for two weeks in the sun

Although he doesn’t like to wear masks, he said he understands why they are needed and wears them in stores.

Masks are a requirement in many countries because they are believed to reduce the likelihood of Covid-19 being spread through particles released during coughing or sneezing.

“People don’t like wearing masks, and even the flight attendants said they don’t like wearing masks, but we all know we have to wear them,” added Mr. Richards.

‘I’m not an anti-mask or anything, and I wear them on vacation and at home, in stores, so I’m all about taking care of people.

Some users said they were impressed that he got away with it

Some users said they were impressed that he got away with it

Some users said they were impressed that he got away with it

‘It was just a bit of a lighthearted approach to the mask subject, really, because there are so many depressions in the world right now, people like to be lifted.’

An EasyJet spokesperson said no other passengers had complained that Mr Richards was not wearing a mask during the flight.

They added: ‘Passengers will receive clear communication before traveling and through onboard announcements to ensure they are aware that, in accordance with the new guidelines, they will need to wear a face mask on board, except during meals or drink.

While our cabin crew will always try to be vigilant to ensure that passengers meet the requirement to wear a mask, no concerns have been raised with the crew regarding this passenger’s in-flight behavior.

“It is the responsibility of everyone on board to adhere to these measures for the health and safety of everyone on board.”

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