Cabin nightmare: An American Airlines flight from Charlotte, North Carolina to the Bahamas was delayed by a day due to around 30 young people refusing to wear masks, media reported on Tuesday local.
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American Airlines Flight 893, which was scheduled to take off Monday from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, finally took off on Tuesday morning, with the troublemakers on board.
If it was initially delayed for several hours due to mechanical problems, the plane was then the scene of clashes between a group of young people who refused to comply with the rules in force in the United States, requiring the wearing of masks to all passengers in order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and to the crew members, local channel WSOC-TV reported.
“It was terrible. First they screamed. They hurled insults. They were obnoxious ”, detailed to the media Malik Banks, also on board.
The group of more than 30 teens were high school students from Boston celebrating their graduation. They ended up agreeing to wear a mask the next day, after spending a night at the airport and law enforcement made no arrests, according to local media.
The incident reflects an overall increase in in-flight incivility according to American airlines, several federations and unions in the sector calling on the Minister of Justice in June to prosecute more systematically any violent act on board planes.
Since January 1, 2021, 3,271 acts of incivility on the part of passengers have been recorded, including 2,475 linked to passengers refusing to wear a mask, according to a press release from the United States Aviation Agency (FAA). Tuesday.