American Airlines passenger who refused to wear a mask screamed for 10 minutes during her arrest, reports say

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Incidents of air rage have been rising in recent months.

An American Airlines passenger was detained on Friday after refusing to wear a mask or to exit a plane at a New Orleans airport, the New Orleans Advocate (Nola) reports.

American Airlines Flight 1768 was preparing to leave Louis Armstrong International Airport for Dallas but was delayed for up to an hour due to the mask incident, according to the report.

American Airlines spokesperson Derek Walls told the outlet that the plane had to return to the gate after the passenger refused multiple requests to wear a mask.

But after being removed, the passenger could be heard screaming for approximately 10 minutes as officials hauled her away on the passageway until the plane taxied again.

“I’ve never seen anything quite like it before,” Patrick Maney, who also was on the plane, told NOLA.

He added: “Two heavily armed police came and told the lady to get off. She refused, and they then told her to get up. She was screaming and resisting as they hauled her up and put some kind of restraints on her hands behind her back.”

American Airlines did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The passenger was arrested at around 10 a.m CST, Captain Jason Rivarde, a spokesperson for Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, told Nola.

According to the outlet, officials said the passenger was ticketed for four misdemeanors: disturbing the peace, remaining in a place after being forbidden, resisting arrest, and simple assault.

It follows a series of mask-related incidents on planes at a time when violence is spiking.

Most recently, a California family had to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after their toddler could not keep his face mask on, as Insider reported..

The family is vowing to never fly on the airline again after the airline crew treated them like criminals because of their maskless child.

In June, an American Airlines flight had to be canceled Monday after a group of high school students refused to wear masks. As a result of the incident, the flight had to be delayed overnight and passengers had to stay in airport hotels.

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American Airlines passenger arrested after jumping from an emergency exit after a 30-minute delay in disembarking

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The flight to Baltimore was cancelled due to severe weather.

  • An American Airlines passenger jumped from an emergency exit after a 30-minute delay.
  • People were told to remain onboard temporarily after the flight’s cancellation but one man refused.
  • He reportedly crawled over passengers. A spokesperson told Insider he was immediately detained.
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An American Airlines passenger was detained on Friday after leaping out of a plane’s emergency exit while it was still at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

The flight to Baltimore was cancelled due to severe weather after 172 passengers and six crew members boarded the plane.

After the cancellation, passengers were instructed to remain on board for at least 30 minutes, according to Brandon Goldner, a reporter at Charlotte’s WCNC, who was on the plane.

“So a passenger had enough and crawled over us in the exit row and let himself out. They got him by the jet bridge,” Goldner said in a tweet with a photo of the open emergency exit.

Instead of waiting for the jet bridge to be repositioned, “a passenger opened the over-wing emergency exit and jumped onto the ramp,” an American Airlines spokesperson told Insider on Saturday.

The airline said the passenger was “immediately detained” by American team members, then placed into custody by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

The customer has since been placed on American’s internal refuse list pending further investigation.

In June, a passenger was hospitalized after forcing open an exit door and jumping out while it was taxiing away from the gate at Los Angeles International Airport, per Insider’s Joshua Zitser.

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Southwest Airlines flight leaves 4 people hospitalized after the plane encountered turbulence over Utah

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The Southwest flight was approaching Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Four people were hospitalized after experiencing turbulence on a Southwest flight.
  • Three flight attendants and a customer were treated for minor injuries, a spokesperson told Insider.
  • The spokesperson said that its initial reports indicated the landing was “uneventful.”
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Four people were taken to the hospital after experiencing turbulence on a Southwest Airlines flight into Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday.

Southwest flight 1753 was approaching Salt Lake City, Utah, after departing from Chicago Midway International Airport around 2:30 p.m., when the incident occurred.

The airline told Insider in a statement: “Southwest Flight 1753 in its approach to Salt Lake City this Friday afternoon (after flying from Chicago Midway) experienced moderate turbulence. Fasten seat belt signage was illuminated when the aircraft encountered the turbulence.”

It added: “Our initial reports indicate that, following an uneventful landing of the aircraft, three flight attendants and one customer were treated for minor injuries.”

Upon landing, those who suffered injuries were taken to Jordan Valley West Hospital in West Valley City, airport spokesperson Nancy Volmer told KUTV.

This is not the first time Southwest Airlines has made headlines in recent months. Earlier in June, the airline grounded all of its flights in the contiguous US airspace due to an issue with its computer systems.

Then in May, a Southwest Airlines flight attendant reportedly lost two teeth after a passenger allegedly assaulted her, according to a letter that a flight-attendant union sent to the company’s CEO, Gary Kelly.

A spokesperson told Insider in response to the May incident that the company is working with the FAA to improve safety measures for flight attendants and passengers.

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