Allegiant Air is a low cost carrier which is scheduled to fly more of their trips compared to last year than most U.S. airlines. They’ve always been your go to if you want to travel non-stop between Mesa, Arizona and Pasco, Washington at 1 p.m. on a Tuesday. And now, apparently, they’re your go-to if you want to blow off inflight mask wearing.
On Monday a passenger was removed from an Allegiant flight not for refusing to wear a mask, but for insisting that the airline’s flight attendants wear masks. When the man – and other passengers – object, “the flight attendant then threatens law enforcement will collect him if he refuses to leave.”
This elderly man was thrown off @allegiant airline this morning from Punta Gorda Florida this morning Because he asked the flight attendant why he had to wear a mask and she didn’t have to wear one pic.twitter.com/xZoui5zCrg
— Patrick (@peter61809160) September 7, 2020
Ironically, the airline says “[t]he passenger was removed for repeatedly disrupting the pre-flight safety briefing which includes reiteration of our inflight face-covering policy.” They claim that the flight attendant had only “lowered their mask for speaking into the PA so the briefing could be understood” although that’s not the story being told by passengers on the flight.
It’s also not the first time in recent days that Allegiant flight attendants have been called out for not wearing masks.
.@Allegiant how am I supposed to feel safe flying when my chatty Kathy flight attendant isn’t even wearing her mask properly and keeps taking it off?!? Safety first or last…? pic.twitter.com/N61Y4h6xB7
— Jessie Kunkel (@jesscacaroline) September 4, 2020
That surprises me after my recent trip where I witnessed the flight attendant wear her mask below her nose for much of the flight pic.twitter.com/USWfnnXAdh
— Colleen Napora (@ruirish01) September 6, 2020
Dear @Allegiant, if you're going to tell people to wear masks on your flights, ya better have your flight attendants enforce it. We're in a freaking pandemic. 😑
— HALE¥STAACK (@NerdCaptnHaley) September 4, 2020
Had to fly home this week and gave @Allegiant a try for their said safety priorities. Was that a joke – even the flight attendants didn’t wear a mask while giving the SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS. They also did not enforce mask wearing on the plane which went against their policy. pic.twitter.com/jTXVPom2M7
— Toni the Towtruck (@tonicontour) August 31, 2020
Here’s a report of lax mask enforcement for passengers, too.
Just Landed ! Actually was impressive for @Allegiant . They gave me a free real drink and we not that fussy over mask. It was better than the last sw flight. Nice seat mate with middle seat empty 👍
— Payton Hall (@PaytonHallXXX) September 3, 2020
Back in May the airline reported that their customers are less afraid of Covid-19, saying that “[i]n the Midwest and Mid Atlantic, the Upper West, I got to tell you they don’t share the opinion that the evening news is putting out there.”
(HT: Christian M)