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Fight Over Face Masks on Spirit Airlines Flight Ends with a Taser

Fight Over Face Masks on Spirit Airlines Flight Ends with a Taser
Joe Cortez

A Spirit Airlines flight from Newark to San Juan, Puerto Rico ended with a fight over face coverings, ultimately broken up by police. One passenger was ultimately tased during the confrontation, after getting physical with another flyer – and it was all caught on tape.

Wearing face coverings aboard aircraft isn’t just a best practice to reduce the spread of COVID-19 – for many airlines, it’s a policy. Aboard a Spirit Airlines flight, one flyer found out the hard way what may happen when you start a physical confrontation over the issue. Airlive.net reports a passenger aboard the flight was ultimately tased by police after acting in what is described as a “aggressive, hostile and defiant behavior.”

Taser Deployed After Flyer Starts Hitting Another Passenger

According to the report, the incident on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, was brewing throughout the flight. Spirit Airlines Flight 2322, departing Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) for San Juan Airport (SJU) had two unruly passengers aboard – a male moving about the plane who wouldn’t wear a face covering, and three female accomplices who equally disregarded the rules. Witnesses say the flight attendants asked the group to stop moving about the cabin, especially when the seatbelt sign was on.

Upon arrival at SJU, a confrontation happened between the group and one of the other passengers. As a result, one of the women started throwing punches, before police boarded. When they went back to make a second attack, one of the police officers deployed a stun gun to stop the flyer.

Reports say the passenger was arrested on the aircraft, and was expected to spend at least one night in jail. Spirit Airlines has not publicly commented on the incident.

Airlines Continue to Fight with Face Mask Non-Compliance

Although not agreeing to wear a face covering can get flyers removed from aircraft and get banned from airlines, there are still those who refuse to agree with the rules. Airlines have been forced to ban over 700 people for not complying with the rules, while the government refuses to make an official face covering rule.

Meanwhile, airline employees are reportedly frustrated by the lack of action. Without federal regulations, some say that their powers to enforce the rules are extremely limited.

Feature Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

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8 Comments

  1. schelsr

    October 29, 2020 at 5:09 am

    The video needed banjo music to complete the feel…

  2. MRM

    October 29, 2020 at 9:14 am

    Morons. Gotta wear them – flaunting the rules literally all over the cabin gets you what you deserve – I foresee long boat rides back to the mainland in those moron’ futures…

  3. kkua

    October 29, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Shame on you, Spirit Airlines, on offering such low fares to attract people that cannot afford manners.

    Obviously these people should not be flying in the first place.

  4. FlyingNone

    October 29, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    How can rules be enforced in such a scene as this. Total mob rule.

  5. dhturk

    October 30, 2020 at 11:52 am

    Well, if they ban those four individuals from flying, they may have to take a boat to get off the island!

  6. Prof_Dr_G

    November 1, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Barbarians! A greyhound bus with wings.

  7. Lealea1

    November 3, 2020 at 3:25 am

    Again we can’t read comments, why?

  8. arcticflier

    November 3, 2020 at 8:01 am

    It appears the lawless group were POC?

    Why is the only time race, ethnicity or skin pigmentation are reported in the headline is when when the agrieved is a POC?

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