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A Cape Coral man was kicked off a United Airlines flight from Fort Lauderdale to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning for wearing a women’s thong as a face mask.
Adam Jenne told Fox 4 that the lacy red underwear he wore over his face complies with a federal mandate requiring passengers to wear masks on planes, arguing that it covered his nose and mouth in accordance with TSA guidelines.
According to United Airline’s website, all travelers must comply with federal law by wearing a face mask that covers their nose and mouth and that also doesn’t have any vents or openings. Passengers who don’t follow this order could be fined, refused transport or lose travel privileges with the airline.
Jenne disagrees with the rule and wanted to make a point by wearing the thong.
“There’s nothing more absurd than having to wear a mask until I get to cruising altitude so that I can order Tito’s by the double and snack on pretzels, and illustrating that absurdity by wearing women’s underwear on my face sounds perfect,” Jenne said.
Find out what’s happening in Miami with free, real-time updates from Patch.Your email addressLet’s go!He told NBC 2 that he’s worn the underwear as a mask on several flights but that this is the first time he was removed from a plane.
“Every single flight has been met with different reactions from the flight crew,” he said. “Some with a wild appreciation, others confrontational.”
Several passengers took off their masks and walked off the flight to support Jenne.
“I think it’s a testament to passengers having had enough, citizens having had enough. This is just nonsense,” he said.
In a statement, United Airlines said, “The customer clearly wasn’t in compliance with the federal mask mandate, and we appreciate that our team addressed the issue on the ground prior to takeoff, avoiding any potential disruptions on the air.”
After the flight, United Airlines emailed him to tell him he’s banned by the airline until its Passenger Incident Review Committee reviews his case, he said.
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