A black man wearing a “Trump 2020” mask was kicked off a Southwest Airlines after lowering it to eat a snack.
The Southwest passenger sporting a “Black Voices for Trump” hat is seen talking to a crew member while holding a bag of mixed nuts and wearing a face mask under his chin.
“Tell us the policy that says he cannot eat with his mask off?” a woman filming the video can be heard asking in the footage shared by SV News. “It’s the hat and the mask — it’s not the eating.”
— SV News🚨 (@SVNewsAlerts) October 13, 2020
A second video then shows the man leaving the Tuesday morning Tampa-to-Dallas flight.
The incident which Southwest said came after the man allegedly, “repeatedly refused to wear a mask” was soon tweeted by Donald Trump Jr., who bashed the airline.
WTF??? This is disgusting. I’ve been on a thousand flights in the last few months and everyone lowers their masks to eat and drink. I did it on a southwest flight earlier this week. https://t.co/yQxUcbduwp
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 14, 2020
“WTF??? This is disgusting. I’ve been on a thousand flights in the last few months and everyone lowers their masks to eat and drink. I did it on a southwest flight earlier this week,” he wrote.
A representative for Southwest Airlines insists the removal came after multiple employees asked him to wear a face covering, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Our reports indicate that a Customer traveling on Flight 2632, with scheduled service from Tampa to Dallas, was asked repeatedly by more than one employee at different times to wear a face mask. The customer did not comply with our crew’s multiple verbal requests — including while boarding the flight before seated,” the company rep said.
He was removed from the flight and placed on another one, the rep said.
Strange policy, @SouthwestAir Apparently it allows your employees to kick a Trump fan off your plane for lowering his mask to eat but it doesn’t require your employees to wear their masks. Masks should not be required – this video I took just highlights the safety theater. https://t.co/Cwt82Zknal pic.twitter.com/AYr5uJXGiX
— Ryan Cleckner (@RyanCleckner) October 14, 2020
“The decision was made to return to the gate and re-accommodate him on a later flight to his final destination after receiving assurances he would comply with our face-covering policy. We regret the inconvenience the situation created for all involved, but our crew must uphold the well-being and comfort of all Passengers.”