American Airlines flight 1469 from Miami to Houston was delayed 8 hours on Friday, with the return 4 p.m. departure turning into a rare midcon redeye. And if that wasn’t enough of a drama, two passengers on the flight out of Miami were kicked off the plane after enduring that long wait – over their refusal to wear face masks.
They’d invested perhaps 10 or more hours into the flight already, but were unwilling to succumb to the sunk cost fallacy and decided to make a stand on masks that ended badly for their planned travel to Texas.
You can imagine, though, that all the other passengers who had waited so long for their flight to actually depart had little patience for anyone delaying their departure any further. So in a collective sigh of frustration – and relief that they’d finally be on their way with these two passengers removed – a group on board broke out in song as they left the plane: “na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye…”
Three people kicked out of American Airlines flight in MIA that had already been delayed for 9 hours. Two for not following mask rules and another person for arguing with them | #ONLYinDADE ig: dreatrev pic.twitter.com/OeNt3H6O05
— ONLY in DADE (@ONLYinDADE) September 18, 2021
According to an American Airlines spokesperson,
American Airlines Flight 1469, with service from Miami (MIA) to Houston (IAH), returned to the gate to deplane two customers who refused to comply with crew member instructions or adhere to federal face covering requirements. We thank our team members for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.