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American Airlines flight returns to MIA for disruptive customerAA flight MIA-LHR returns due to disruptive customer refusing to wear a mask. (www.cnn.com) More...
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Whether we like it or not, agree with it or not, or understand it or not, the Captain is in charge of his plane. Case closed!
While the statement you made is a fact, it has NOTHING to do with whether on not the Captain made a completely inane decision.
I'm wondering whether the captain was one to make the decision. Did he even have a choice? Or was it a corporate action? Perhaps placing a mask on the woman and restraints for the seat would have been a better idea. I don't know. I'm just curious if there could have been other options that would have been less troubling for the 100+ other passengers and crew.
"Federal Mask Mandate". I would imagine they have a corporate policy that deals with the enforcement of it.
Do we know if she is a USA or European citizen? If European, she may have had no consequences once landed. I think there should be a hefty fine for the extra cost of all the fuel wasted plus the various inconveniences to the crew and passengers. Nicely over $15,000 I'd guess. Just putting her on a no-fly for that airline is not enough. Let her take a boat to Europe! And if I were an inconvenienced passenger who lost some connection, I'd want to sue here for personal damages.
I am sure the Captain called head office on a secure channel and was told to return. I agree with that decision, and hope that 'person' is under arrest and held pending $1,000,000 bail.