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American Airlines bans man who refused to wear face mask

3 months 1 day 12 hours ago Thursday, June 18 2020 Jun 18, 2020 June 18, 2020 5:23 PM June 18, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By DAVID KOENIG
AP Airlines Writer

DALLAS (AP) - American Airlines has banned a man for not wearing a face covering on a plane. The airline said Thursday that the man was removed from a plane in New York earlier this week for ignoring crew members' request to wear a mask. It's among the first such incidents since airlines promised this week to step up enforcement of their mask-wearing rules. The man, conservative activist Brandon Straka, recorded some of the incident and noted in a video posted on Twitter that there is no federal law requiring passengers to wear face masks. That is true. American and most other airlines imposed the rule last month, with exceptions allowed for young children, people with medical conditions, and passengers who are eating or drinking.

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