An Allegiant passenger was reportedly kicked off a flight for refusing to change his mask, which read “Let’s go Brandon.” Video footage was posted to TikTok, which shows the man arguing with an employee.
According to the New York Post, the caption of the TikTok said, “Today you can’t have let’s go Brandon on your mask or you will be removed.” The video showed the female flight attendant repeatedly telling the man to gather his things and get off the plane. Allegiant stated that the man was removed from the flight for ignoring crew members’ instruction.
“The passenger was removed from the flight and issued a refund for his fare. Disregarding instructions from flight crew members is prohibited by federal regulations and is grounds for removal from a flight where such conduct creates an unsafe environment. The decision to remove a passenger is never made lightly and is always done with the safety of our passengers and crew in mind,” the statement said.
Allegiant continued, “In April, the FAA adopted a zero-tolerance policy against unruly passenger behavior, which includes failure to comply with crew members’ instructions. We welcome the FAA’s renewed strong stance on unruly passengers, understanding the safety risk such incidents can create for both passengers and crew.”