Plane Fight breaks out after passenger refuses to wear face mask
A woman onboard of an Allegiant Air flight to Provo during plane fight says a fight broke lose after a Utah passenger refused to wear a face mask as required by the airline.
The argument was captured by Rylie Lansford. The camera caught two men arguing while waiting for the flight’s departure Saturday at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, according to Salt Lake City affiliate Ke City NBSL. Lansford was seated near the passengers, but when someone threw the first punch, she said she immediately retreated and started recording the incident.
“It was absolutely insane to me because it’s all about a mask,” Lansford told KSL. “It didn’t need to get that way.”
The fight started when a passenger who wore a face shield sitting behind Lansford got into an argument with a flight attendant over wearing a face mask, KSL reported.
Allegiant Airlines spokesperson told NBC News on Monday that the airline requires all passengers to wear face covering at all times, including at the ticket counter, gate area and for the duration of the flight.
“Face shields may be worn in addition to a face covering, but not as an alternative,” according to company policy.
The video shows a man with a face mask covering his mouth only, throwing jabs at the passenger who refused to wear a mask while being held back by flight staff.
The plane fight was broken up after 30 seconds, Lansford told KSL. The passenger without a face mask was escorted off the plane by flight attendants, while the other man was allowed to stay.
The results of not wearing a mask aboard the plane can effect over a dozen attendees. A single passenger was responsible for infecting 15 other people in March due to not wearing a mask aboard a flight from London to Hanoi, Vietnam.
According to the CDC travel guidance, passengers would wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth and maintaining at least six feet apart from others.
“If you’re buying a plane ticket, you must follow the rules or you gotta drive somewhere,” Lansford said.