'Vaccinated' man, wife kicked off flight over 'aggressive' mask dispute

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A couple got into a screaming match with flight attendants after they were booted off a plane, when the man allegedly failed to comply with the federal Covid mask mandate.

Footage of the incident was shared to social media and happened before takeoff on a San Diego-bound JetBlue flight, NBC 7 reported.

A muffled dispute is heard at the start of a video, while a woman and a child are seen walking down the aisle.

Then, a man can be heard yelling from the front of the plane.

"This is what you're going to do?" the man says, as the camera pans towards him and he is seen not wearing his face mask correctly.

The man then becomes aggressive towards the flight attendant, another staff member steps in and tries to get between the man and his colleague.

"How dare you? The f**king neck pillow dragged it off my nose," the man says and then added he waited "four f**king hours" for the flight.

A couple were kicked off a San Diego-bound flight over a face mask dispute. Source: Reddit/u/CheetahPitiful47
A couple were kicked off a San Diego-bound flight over a face mask dispute. Source: Reddit/u/CheetahPitiful47

"Do you understand that? You made me wait four goddamn hours. You gave me one c***sucking warning," he says while pointing his finger at the flight attendant.

The man then says he pulled his face mask up over his nose when a flight attendant said something about it.

The flight attendant then says something to the man, who yells at him and demands he gives him his "s**t".

"Give me my s**t, give it to me and I'll f**king move," he says.

The video then pans to a blonde woman standing in the aisle, who takes her face mask off to explain to another passenger what happened.

"My son knocked his face mask off by accident, he's five-years-old and he tried to put it back on," the woman explains, while the man is heard yelling.

The woman says they "offered to comply" and put the mask on, as she starts crying.

"And now they're kicking us off and I don't know why — we're Americans, we're civilians and everything," she says tearfully.

"It fell off his face and we apologised and fixed it, it wasn't good enough for them."

The woman then says "let it go viral" and said they will be suing over the ordeal.

"Everyone I know is an attorney," she says.

Meanwhile the man is still causing a commotion at the front of the plane.

"I'm a vaccinated person, I respect all your rules — every single one of them, I respect your rules, okay? You gave me one f**king warning," he says.

A flight attendant then says the man's wife walked off the plane unmasked, to which the man says she did so because the crew was "causing a f**king scene".

The man then yells at the flight attendant to turn around and "face everybody", then people on the plane start yelling at the man to get off the plane.

He is then escorted off and people cheer.

Airline bans couple from travel

CBC 7 reported JetBlue said the couple was banned from flying with them in the future and in a statement said crew members were trained to speak with customers who don't follow policies.

If a customer refuses to wear a face mask after being asked, crew members will work to de-escalate the situation to the best of their ability to gain compliance prior to removal," the statement said. 

"The safety of each customer and crew member is our first priority, and we must work together to follow the federal mask mandate during the travel journey.”

According to the CDC, everyone must wear a face mask while at an airport and travelling on an aircraft inside the US, regardless of whether or not they are vaccinated.

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