21 Jan 2022, 09:16

US airliner turns back in mid-flight due to passenger defying mask rule

WASHINGTON, Jan 21, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - An American Airlines jetliner headed from Miami to London turned around in mid-flight Thursday because a passenger refused to wear a Covid mask, the airline said.

  "American Airlines flight 38 with service from Miami to London returned to MIA due to a disruptive customer refusing to comply with the federal mask requirement," the airline said.

  Police were waiting when the Boeing 777 carrying 129 passengers and a crew of 14 landed back in Miami.

  When the plane landed police escorted that passenger off the plane without incident, a police official told CNN.

  American Airlines said that pending further investigation this passenger has been placed on a list of people barred from flying with the airline.

  The Federal Aviation Administration said in January 2021 it would observe a zero tolerance policy toward people who reject federal rules mandating mask-wearing on US domestic flights.

  This came as flight attendants reported a high number of incidents of verbal and physical abuse from travelers who refuse to wear a mask.

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