Why did the 18-second video spread so fast? Partly because someone on Twitter – not the one who actually recorded the video – added a comment indicating that the man had been placed on a no-fly list for being part of the insurgency at the U.S. Capitol.
The facts first: The annotation on Twitter was inaccurate: The airport accident was not related to the Capitol Rebellion. Instead, the man in the video was asked to disembark from Charlotte’s flight to Denver for refusing to comply with American Airlines’ mandatory mask policy, airline spokesperson Curtis Blessing told CNN.
“On Friday, January 8th, a customer was asked to disembark from Flight 1754 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) for refusing to comply with the mandatory face-cover policy. The customer complied with disembarkation requests, and the flight departed at 7:42 PM EST for the airport. Denver International (DEN) „.
Blessing said that after the mask incident, the man was placed on American Airlines’ disapproval list, which is essentially that airline’s no-fly list, pending further investigation. But there is no basis for suggesting that he was on the government’s flight ban – in which case it was highly unlikely that he could board a plane at all – or that he was banned from flying for any reason. Associated with the Capitol Rebellion.
The video shows a man walking down the hall with his face covering his chin, rather than his nose and mouth. He appears emotional as he screams about being kicked out of an airplane and supposedly fell victim to unknown people who claimed they wanted to destroy his life.
CNN was unable to contact the man, whose name has not been revealed.
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CNN’s Pete Montaigne contributed to this article.
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