A passenger on an easyJet flight from Manchester to Tenerife used what some might call the Ted Cruz exception, milking a single food or beverage item for the full flight to take advantage of airline rules allowing passengers to go maskless while eating or drinking.
He says he doesn’t actually have an issue with masks, it was just an experiment to see if he could get away with it: he bought a can of Pringles potato chips on the flight, and spread 100 chips out across the length of the flight, making each chip last two and a half minutes.
The easyJet passenger explains,
I was just sitting on the plane and I thought I could make these Pringles last four hours.
“I calculated that there’s about 100 Pringles in a tube and you get away with eating a Pringle for about two-and-a-half minutes.”
…He said he only had to wear his face mask for ten minutes, once to use the toilet and also when he had to remove his luggage from the over-head carrier.
According to easyJet, this was totally legit.
Passengers receive clear communications before they travel and via announcements onboard to ensure they are aware that, in line with new guidelines, they are required to wear a face mask onboard except when eating or drinking.
Whilst our cabin crew will always try to be vigilant to ensure that passengers comply with the requirement to wear a mask, no issues were raised with the crew about this passenger’s behaviour during the flight.
It is the responsibility of all onboard to adhere to these measures for the health and safety of everyone onboard.
JetBlue kicked a two year old off a flight for not wearing a mask, Delta banned the Navy SEAL who shot bin Laden, and a conservative activist found himself without a reservation all over not wearing a mask – when all any of them had to do was take the Ted Cruz approach and milk a Starbucks or a Pringles for the full flight.
Perhaps the strangest twist to the story is this isn’t even the first time a can of pringles on an easyJet flight made news.
(HT: Your Mileage May Vary)