Couple in viral video kicked off JetBlue flight over refusal to wear masks, berating staff, airline says


A couple captured on video berating and arguing with JetBlue flight attendants were kicked off a San Diego-bound aircraft last week over their refusal to wear masks, the airline said.

In a widely circulated video, a man is seen yelling and getting physical with a flight crew member on flight B6 529 as he was asked to exit the aircraft in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The incident occurred on Sept.8 and was captured by another passenger.

"You gave me one [expletive] warning. I pulled [the face mask] up the second he said something," the man yells. "The second he said something I pulled it over my nose."

The video then pans over to a female arguing with another flight attendant. She is wearing a mask at the time when she walks down the aisle and pulls it down to talk to another passenger.

"They're kicking us off and I don't know why," she says. "We're Americans. It fell off his face and he apologized and fixed it. It wasn't good enough for them."

The couple eventually exits the plane, prompting the other passengers to applaud.

The passenger who recorded the encounter, Alice Runkevich, told Storyful the flight was delayed for three hours and that the incident happened as the plane was on the tarmac, FOX TV stations reported.

In a statement, JetBlue said the two travelers were asked "multiple times but would not comply with the federal mask mandate."

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