A man who tried to use a bright red thong as a mask on a plane in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was kicked off the aircraft by a United Airlines flight crew on Wednesday morning and banned from ever flying with the airline again.
According to the local NBC 2, Adam Jenne of Cape Coral was confronted by a flight attendant, who told him he could not fly because his “mask” didn’t comply with regulations. A video posted to YouTube captured the exchange.
Jenne, for his part, told NBC 2 that wasn’t the first time he had worn lingerie as a mask as a form of protest against a rule he considers “nonsense.”
“I think the best way to illustrate absurdity is with absurdity,” Jenne told the news outlet. “Every single flight has been met with different reactions from the flight crew. Some with a wild appreciation, others confrontational.”
According to reports, some other passengers chose to leave the plane in solidarity with Jenne, including a man who is shown on video asking the flight attendant about what had happened after Jenne was forced off.
Jenne said he got a refund for his United flight and planned to try to fly on Spirit Airlines on Thursday, NBC 2 reported.
“Masks don’t add much”
Maybe he should try Southwest for his next flight.
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly testified at a hearing before Congress on Wednesday that “masks don’t add much” protection against COVID-19 because of the advanced air filtration systems all airplanes are required to have.
“The statistics, I recall, is that 99.97% of airborne pathogens are captured by the HEPA [high-efficiency particulate air] filtering system, and it’s turned over every two or three minutes,” Kelly told the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, according to The Hill.
“I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin,” he said. “The environment is very safe, very high quality compared to any other indoor setting.”
Not coincidentally, Jenne was also reported to have been wearing a “Let’s Go Brandon!” shirt when he boarded the United Airlines plane. Could his shirt have had more to do with the flight attendant’s strong reaction to him than his choice of face covering?