An American Airlines plane had to be canceled on Monday after a group of teenagers refused to wear masks.
Other passengers said the group that was on their departure journey were “terrible children.”
The flight, which was on its way to the Bahamas, did not start until the following morning.
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A flight from American Airlines to the Bahamas was canceled and its passengers were delayed overnight after a group of high school students refused to wear their face masks.
Flight 893 was about to depart from Charlotte, North Carolina, Monday night when a mechanical problem forced 172 passengers to switch to another aircraft.
As they waited to stay on board, some of the group’s students refused to follow crew instructions from the crew, an American Airlines spokesman told Insider.
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“Passengers traveling on American Airlines Flight 893 from Charlotte to Nassau, Bahamas, were reported not to comply with the federal mask mandate, were disruptive to other customers and refused to follow crew member’s instructions while on board,” he said. the spokesman.
According to the Washington Post, some group members also played music with “profane” lyrics through a speaker and failed to stay in their seats on the plane.
A fellow passenger identified as Malik Banks told WSOC-TV 9 that about 80 percent of the population in the group – who were sitting near him – “were horrible children.”
Another passenger, Christina Randolph, said: “All they had to do was follow the rules, put on the mask, sit there. No smart mouth comments. And they couldn’t do it,” according to WSOC-TV.
Randolph is a nurse who said she does not have much time off. “So when you finally get free, you really want to be somewhere you want to be,” she added.
The travel company Breakaway Beach, which organized the trip for the students, claimed that only one in 47 behaved badly, even though American Airlines said 30 of the students were involved in the incident, the Post reported.
“(T) He acting on an individual is not the responsibility of others, and the students who complied with the rules should not have had to endure this type of treatment,” Breakaway Beach President Eugene Winer said in a statement to the Post. “The group was treated in an inappropriate and overly harsh manner, causing unnecessary stress and aggravation of the travelers and their parents by no means.”
As a result of the incident, the plane had to be delayed overnight and passengers had to stay at airport hotels.
Teenagers were allowed to board the new flight the following morning after Charlotte employees confirmed with them that they would abide by the masking policy, according to CNN.
The incident is one of the most recent involving passengers refusing to comply with coronavirus safety measures on board aircraft.
Since January 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration has received 2,500 reports of unruly conduct by passengers, most of which involve travelers refusing to comply with the federal mask mandate.
The rise in passenger aggression is having a significant impact on flight attendants across the country, who recently told Insider that they have struggled with their mental health.
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