Airline Singles Out Black Trump Supporter Who Was Just Trying To Eat [Video]
A man wearing a 'Black Voices for Trump" hat and a 'Trump 2020' mask was forced off a Southwest Airlines plane after boarding for his flight. The man was not non-compliant. In fact, as the video will show, he did everything the flight crew asked him to do- except the impossible...
The unidentified Trump supporter was singled out for lowering his mask temporarily to eat peanuts that were given to him by the flight crew. In a two-part video shared on Twitter, the man explains that the only difference between the other passengers and himself was the mask and hat supporting Trump and black voices.
“Tell us the policy that says he cannot eat with his mask off?” a woman filming asks. “It’s the hat and the mask — it’s not the eating.”
“It’s not a publicity stunt,” the woman argues with the flight attendant telling the man to wear a mask.
In a second video shared by SV News, the man is seen leaving the flight.
The video was shared by Donald Trump Jr. on Twitter, who slammed the airline for removing the passenger.
“WTF??? This is disgusting. I’ve been on a thousand flights in the last few months and everyone lowers their masks to eat and drink. I did it on a southwest flight earlier this week,” Trump Jr. wrote.
WTF??? This is disgusting. I’ve been on a thousand flights in the last few months and everyone lowers their masks to eat and drink. I did it on a southwest flight earlier this week. https://t.co/yQxUcbduwp
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 14, 2020
Southwest Airlines provided a statement to the Washington Examiner claiming the video did not show the whole story.
“Our reports indicate that a Customer traveling on Flight 2632, with scheduled service from Tampa to Dallas, was asked repeatedly by more than one Employee at different times to wear a face mask. The Customer did not comply with our Crew’s multiple verbal requests — including while boarding the flight before seated. Therefore, the decision was made to return to the gate and re-accommodate him on a later flight to his final destination after receiving assurances he would comply with our face-covering policy. We regret the inconvenience the situation created for all involved, but our Crew must uphold the well-being and comfort of all Passengers,” the statement said.
Southwest’s website explains that customers must wear facemasks at all times.
“Customers are required to wear a face-covering over their nose and mouth at all times during their Southwest travel experience,” the website states. “It is highly encouraged to bring your own hand sanitizer and face covering. In accordance with the current CDC guidance, a well-secured cloth or mask that fits snugly against the face, covers an individual’s nose and mouth, and is secured under the chin will be accepted.”
The airline insists that it provides an inclusive environment, yet this isn't the first time Southwest has made the news for discrimination against Trump supporters. As the Washington Examiner points out, the airline was in hot water last year after a flight attendant posted a series of derogatory comments about a passenger wearing MAGA gear.