A passenger had to be removed from an American Airlines flight to Charlotte over their refusal to wear a mask. So far, just like any other day in travel since 75% of airline incidents reported to the FAA this year have involved masks.
But the pilot of this flight followed the passenger’s ejection with a speech to those on board in which he declared himself God on the aircraft as he implored everyone to follow the rules.
“The job of the captain of this aircraft is to get you somewhere safely. That’s my job. So we have the mask policy. We have to comply with it. If we’ve got somebody who doesn’t want to comply we’re not gonna [unintelligible] it’s not up for discussion, it’s not a negotiation.
And on this aircraft I’m God. I decide what happens and we can do it the easy way or the hard way. And at least this fella decided to get off. We had two cops waiting outside to do it the hard way and I’m glad we didn’t have to do that.
And again I don’t want to get into political statements. We all have our feelings about that. Let’s just try to get along.
gave a 5 minute speech wen we first got on the plane clearly stating that masks must be worn at all times and it’s totally not negotiable and anyone refusing to wear one would be escorted off the plane immediately—no exceptions.
Yet a passenger still refused, and no surprise, wound up off the aircraft. It certainly makes you wonder what they were thinking, whether they thought the federal government, the TSA, the pilot and law enforcement were all joking?
You know the old line, though, “what’s the difference between God and a pilot? God doesn’t think he’s a pilot.” The pilot of this American Airlines flight wasn’t quite Alec Baldwin. If he were he wouldn’t be flying to Charlotte.