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.”
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.
“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.”