Spirit Airlines flight attendant threatens to call police for passenger wearing star-and-stripe neck protector as a face mask – leading angry Twitter users to accuse employee of being anti-American
- An incident occurred on a domestic flight earlier this week
- The passenger claimed to have worn his stars and stripes neck guard on 20 previous flights without incident
- Spirit stands by his flight attendant and says, ‘The CDC warns that leggings may not be effective’
A Spirit Airlines flight attendant has threatened to call the police for a passenger wearing neck protection as a face cover.
The incident, which took place last week during a flight on the budget carrier, was recorded by the passenger and posted on social media.
The video was picked up by SV News on Friday and has since gone viral, with plenty of discussions about whether neck caps – which can be pulled over the nose and mouth – are enough face coverage for a domestic flight.
The passenger’s cover was also covered in stars and stripes, leading some to accuse the flight attendant of being anti-American – an accusation that was quickly dropped by Spirit.
A Spirit Airlines flight attendant has threatened to call the police for a passenger wearing a stars and stripes neck guard as a face cover
The video begins with the flight attendant asking the passenger to put on an airline face mask. The passenger replies that he is already wearing a face cover.
‘No’, the supervisor scolds. ‘What have you got under it? [the gaiter]? That is not legal to wear. ”
‘Legal by whom? What’s wrong with my mask? the passenger jumps back.
“It’s not legal, according to the CDC,” the attendant claims, before saying later that the “authorities” are waiting for the passenger when the plane lands.
The passenger claims he has flown ’20 times’ wearing only the neck protection over his nose and mouth and has encountered no problems.
The video cuts off before the issue is resolved and it is unclear whether the police subsequently met the man at the arrival gate.
The flight attendant is in the picture. Spirit stands with the employee despite the controversy
Spirit will be standing by the flight attendant and issuing a statement Friday, which reads in part, “ The CDC warns that gaiters may not be effective, so we ask guests to double-layer neck caps so they are double layered and hug the chin, or wear a stand. face cover with ear loops underneath. ‘
The incident divided Twitter users, with one writing, ‘I’m totally an American flag aficionado. However, those hoods are worthless. I used one on the farm while riding and they don’t even filter dust. They’re basically like taking the thinnest T-shirt you can think of and putting it over your mouth. ‘
However, others strongly disagreed.
One wrote, “I literally got a mask of this type from US airlines … so they’re okay to wear … it must be because it’s a flag … I smell a lawsuit.”
Spirit responded to the anti-US allegations, saying, “Spirit Airlines is proud to welcome anyone on board who wishes to display their pride with an American flag on a face covering that complies with our policies.
Our flight attendants asked the guest in this video to double his cover. When he declined, they offered him an earloop mask to place under his cover, and he declined that option too. ‘
Spirit responded to the anti-US allegations, saying, “Spirit Airlines is proud to welcome anyone on board who wishes to display their pride with an American flag on a face covering that complies with our policies”