American Airlines bans passenger who was asked to get off flight for refusing to wear a mask on board

American Airlines | June 19, 2020

American Airlines bans passenger who was asked to get off flight for refusing to wear a mask on board
American Airlines is temporarily banning a customer who was kicked off a flight in New York this week for refusing to wear a face mask on board, a requirement on major U.S. airlines that aims to curb the spread of Covid-19.
American said crew asked the traveler to get off Flight 1263 at New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday after he wouldn’t put on a mask and that he complied with their request to leave.

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A new Aeroflot Airbus 321 VP-BEE, named after Soviet nuclear physicist Yulii Khariton (Юлий Харитон), departs from Cambridge on October 12, 2016 at about 09:25 UTC. Ex Transaero EI-LED spent there the best part of the year along with the sister aircraft VP-BES (ex EI-SVX), while being repainted into the Aeroflot Skyteam livery and readied for the delivery. This first flight under the new registration was to Kaunas, Lithuania, where VP-BEE was reunited with VP-BES, ferried there via Norwich a few days earlier.

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A new Aeroflot Airbus 321 VP-BEE, named after Soviet nuclear physicist Yulii Khariton (Юлий Харитон), departs from Cambridge on October 12, 2016 at about 09:25 UTC. Ex Transaero EI-LED spent there the best part of the year along with the sister aircraft VP-BES (ex EI-SVX), while being repainted into the Aeroflot Skyteam livery and readied for the delivery. This first flight under the new registration was to Kaunas, Lithuania, where VP-BEE was reunited with VP-BES, ferried there via Norwich a few days earlier.