Miami, Florida (REAL) – A woman who refused to wear a mask forced an American Airlines flight to make an unscheduled landing – and because it was over the Atlantic, it had to return to Miami.
Flight 38 took off from Miami International Airport before 8pm on Wednesday and will arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport about nine hours later. But less than an hour later, it turned.
Most of the more than 100 passengers had no idea what was going on.
“They weren’t really going to say anything, and I don’t think they said anything to the flight attendants because all they’re going to say is there’s been a serious incident and they’ve got to go back,” said one. passenger said.
The plane was back on the ground in Miami at 9:24 pm. Flight tracker FlightAware recorded an unusually long 30 minutes before reaching the gate, where the plane met with police.
There, passengers arriving in London were told their flight had been cancelled, and that they had to disembark and rebook.
American Airlines has issued a statement apologizing for the inconvenience:
“American Airlines Flight 38… turned back to MIA due to a disruptive customer refusing to comply with federal mask requirements. The flight landed at the MIA where local law enforcement landed. We thank the crew for their professionalism and apologize to the customer for the inconvenience.”
The woman who refused to wear the mask was not arrested, but she has been placed on the US internal no-fly list pending further investigation.
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