An American airplane has returned to Miami after a passenger forgot their mask.
After the plane landed, police escorted the passenger off the plane without incident (Representational).
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 the media.
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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