According to reports a US flight was cancelled after 30 teenagers refused to wear face masks.
USA: Flight cancelled after teenagers refuse to wear face masks. The captain of the American Airlines flight from North Carolina to Nassau refused to fly the plane, leaving dozens of people stranded. It was due to take off at 9.30am local time on Monday however it stayed firmly on the ground due to the teenagers not complying with the company’s rules regarding the wearing of masks.
As the group were too young to check into a hotel they were left to sleep in the terminal building of Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Other passengers from the cancelled flight said the group were “very obnoxious” A passenger seated next to them, Malik Banks, said “It was bad. First, they were yelling. They were cursing.
They were being very obnoxious.” Another passenger, who actually managed to film the incident, Stephanie Krzywanski, said “There were a group of high school seniors celebrating their graduation who were being rowdy and not wearing their masks. What transpired was a lot of back and forth between, I assume, the parents.”
Passenger Christina Randolph added “All they had to do was follow the rules, put the mask on, sit there. No smart-mouth comments. And they couldn’t do it.” A spokesperson for American Airlines stated “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.”