The individual has not gone unnoticed. A US passenger was kicked out of a United Airlines flight at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida for wearing a red thong as a mask.
The 38-year-old man explained to the local channel NBC2 that he wanted to demonstrate the “absurdity” of the rule requiring to wear a mask to protect against Covid-19 on board planes while allowing passengers to remove them to eat and drink.
Video of the incident on Wednesday, filmed by another passenger, shows the crew informing them that they will not be able to stay on board the aircraft if they keep their thongs on their face. After discussion, the man finally left his seat, resigned.
In his interview with NBC2, he then compared himself to African-American Rosa Parks, an icon of the struggle for civil rights in the United States who refused in 1955 to give up her seat to a white man on a bus. , challenging the discriminatory laws in force at the time. “In this country, every change has been brought about by ordinary people,” he explained seriously. “Rosa Parks was not famous. It changed the course of history. ”
As for the airline, it clarified that the customer was clearly not respecting the federal obligation to wear a mask. “We are grateful to our crew for taking care of the problem on the ground before take off, avoiding any potential disruption in the air,” she added.