A Ryanair passenger tried to fly from Dublin to London Gatwick without a face mask. He had flown before the face mask requirement went into effect, and claims not to have known he needed one – and if it was required, Ryanair should’ve provided it, the airline shouldn’t be able to keep his money and not transport him.
Here’s video of the altercation – the airline and the rest of passengers on the flight are lucky this all happened at the gate, rather than the passenger putting on a mask and taking it off on the plane.
They insisted that I wear a mask but couldn't provide one.
Police removed me from the airport and illegally searched my phone to try and delete this video.
Full details on request with witnesses. pic.twitter.com/glv1xNkbnC
— James Higgins (@TheHigDog) June 3, 2020
I predicted a month ago that if airlines actually enforced inflight mask rules that people would start fights and flights would divert.
The passenger claims that Ryanair threatened him with a lifetime ban if he shared this video. And he further argues that if underwear were made a requirement of flying after he purchased the ticket then it’s an ex post facto change and shouldn’t be enforced. I think this ignores the many passengers who are in fact wearing underwear as their face masks.
If wearing underpants was made mandatory to board the flight in between booking the tickets and boarding the flight, then yes I would expect for underpants to be provided.
Especially if they didn't tell me to bring my own underpants in advance of flying.
— James Higgins (@TheHigDog) June 4, 2020
Here’s what I don’t understand. Many governments initially told people not to wear masks. Individuals wearing masks is a triumph of individualism and a stand against government lockdowns. They show social distancing and limited measures can slow the spread of the virus without the heavy hand of government. Airlines imposing mask rules is a voluntary step by a business to market to their customers and given them confidence to buy their product. Shouldn’t people who oppose masks actually support the freedom of businesses to do this?