FLIGHT ATTENDANTS GIVE UP, AIRLINE SAYS FEDERAL AIR MASK ORDER NEEDED.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — A man on a Delta flight Tuesday evening from Atlanta to Fort Lauderdale refused to wear a facial covering. Once on the ground, despite Delta flight attendants telling passengers to observe social distancing guidelines while deplaning, the man pushed other passengers — including a family with young children — as he muttered, “I’m in first class, I don’t wait.”
Upon exiting the plane, he continued to push his way through the jetway, into the terminal, and then into the “cattle shoot” that is the slim exit way past security as Terminal 2 moves forward with massive construction.
BocaNewsNow.com watched as a Delta agent in the airport told the man that he faced a $50 fine if he didn’t wear his facial covering over his mouth and nose. Despite the order, he continued to mutter and push his way through the terminal.
Welcome to travel during COVID-19. While the vast majority of travelers on the Delta flight did exactly as they were told, this passenger did not. It’s exactly why airlines, including Delta, are calling on the federal government to make masks mandatory on planes. It takes the burden off of the flight crew which can only do so much: orders without consequences are just requests. If masks are federally mandated on planes, federal penalties would presumably apply to those who disregard facial covering orders.
Flight crews can only do so much. Orders without consequences are just requests.
The man cursed, ridiculed South Florida, and complained about mask rules while in the terminal.
A Delta agent quietly complained that Broward County isn’t placing Sheriff’s Deputies in the actual terminal to handle non-compliant disembarking passengers — only outside the airport building.
A Delta agent quietly complained that Broward County isn’t placing Sheriff’s Deputies in the actual terminal to handle non-compliant disembarking passengers.
Masks are required in the Fort Lauderdale airport.
Delta just announced that it will require any passenger claiming a “mask exemption” to take part in a telemedicine checkup — in the airport — where a medical professional will determine if the exemption is real.
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