On August 31 Cherrae, who identifies herself as a Detroit rap artist, boarded Spirit Airlines flight 1839 from Las Vegas to Nashville.
According to a report I’ve seen, she was seated in one of Spirit’s “Big Front Seats” and prior to departure a flight attendant asked her several times to wear her mask properly over her nose and mouth. The flight attendant reported that she wouldn’t comply. Things, shall we say, escalated.
The airline’s ground security coordinator was brought onto the aircraft, who apparently asked her again to wear her mask correctly – to no avail – and asked whether this was going to be a problem all the way to Nashville? Reportedly she “refused to answer.”
The Spirit Airlines captain then ordered her off the aircraft. According to the report, she refused “until authorities come get her.” That’s when police were called. But she wanted to take it up with the captain and she headed towards the cockpit. The captain sealed the cockpit door.
The passenger’s companion was sitting in 1D and filmed the incident, which took place in seat 2C. She explains that they had switched seats. Since language in the video is ‘NSFW’ (and even Not Safe For Work From Home) I won’t embed it. Instead if you’re interested you can watch it here.
Allegedly Cherrae was blocked by the security coordinator who had come onto the plane as she tried to return to her seat, unable to get into the cockpit, and that’s when she pushed that agent into the first row of seats.
And, I’m told, Cherrae then departed the aircraft with the gate agent – but they get into an altercation, too, and she “punche[d the gate agent] below her left eye.” That’s when Cherrae and her flight companion apparently take off down the airport corridor to get ahead of responding police.
She characterizes the events differently on her Instagram account, of course:
Spirit is out of line
I’m mad we didn’t get a good recording but the other day this racist ass bitch was really concerned if I was in my right seat or not because I had the big seat but I was in jeff’s seat instead of mines , mind you my mask had been on my face the whole time covering my mouth and nostrils it just wasn’t pulled up all the way over my nose , she’s directly in my face at kissing range asking me like I’m a child if me having a mask on was gonna be a problem even after I pulled it up and asked her to please step out of my face . That resulted to me getting put off the plane with an assault case and getting banned but notice they touched me first and they think this type of behavior is ok .
At one point Cherra posted to social media a copy of the TSA notice she received asking for her response to the incident. This appears to have been deleted. However the incident summary included is telling.
[O]n August 31, 2020 at approximately 0701 hours, at LAS, you boarded Spirit AIrlines flight 1839 with service to Nashville, Tennessee (BNA) parked at gate A-10. You refused to wear your mask as instructed per Spirit Airlines personnel. Because of your lack of compliance with the mask wearing requirements, the captain requested you to be removed from the flight. The Spirit Airlines Ground Security Coordinator (GSC) and Spirit AIrlines’ gate agent advised you of the captain’s decision. You attempted to gain unauthorized access to the flight deck to speak with the captain and in the process made physical contact with the Spirit Airlines’ GSC. You pushed the GSC with such physical force that you knocked her from the aisle located by row 2 to row 1, specifically seat 1D. In a second attempt to gain access towards the flight deck, you punched the Spirit Airlines’ gate agent with a closed fist on the right side of her face.