With the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic more than two years ago, people stopped traveling and airlines have been heavily hit by the pandemic losing millions of dollars each day. Once the restrictions loosened and people started traveling again, airlines had to adapt and implement strict pandemic measures to keep everyone as safe as possible during flights.
That led to an increasing trend of incidents at airports and on planes which forced the FAA last year to announce a zero-tolerance policy that skips warnings and goes directly to penalties. That policy stays in place until the federal mask mandate goes away. While the majority of the reported incidents are face-mask related incidents, the number of other incidents is also seeing an increasing trend causing a lot of problems for both airlines employees and passengers.
An incident that happened last month sparked a lot of debate about what is and what is not allowed to wear during flights after young Black man was kicked off the plane for refusing to remove his ‘anti-Biden’ sweater he was wearing at the time when he boarded the plane. Following the incident, the passenger named J. Brooks informed the public he is about to file a lawsuit against the airline company.
Brooks posted several videos on his TikTok account about his recent experience with Delta Airlines when a flight attendant told him to remove his sweater that read “F— Biden,” and in smaller print underneath, “And f— you for voting for him!” informing him that that was the airlines policy, despite a representative saying no such policy is in place.
After initially being difficult about wearing a face mask to board the plane, airline officials took deeper offense to the hoodie he wore as the passenger began recording the incident on TikTok. In the video, a Delta official explains the situation and the company policy; if he did not place his hoodie inside out to obscure the profane language, he would have to disembark the flight and be placed on an indefinite “no-fly” list.
According to Delta’s contract of carriage, the airline may refuse transport and removal of any passenger from the aircraft at any point, namely “When the passenger’s conduct, attire, hygiene or odor creates an unreasonable risk of offense or annoyance to other passengers.”
Even though he was not happy he was asked to remove his sweater, Brooks finally decided to comply and flipped the hoodie inside out saying to the airline employees “It’s off. I’m gonna go sit down. Whatever you guys say to me will be recorded, and you guys can get sued.”
However, shortly after that, the same airline employee approached Brooks’ seat and kicked him off for good. Brooks explained this in a follow-up video on TikTok: “So I’m still getting kicked off the plane?” Brooks asks in the video. “Yeah, you’re not putting… you’re not wearing the mask,” the flight attendant responded. “I’m relaying the message to you what the captain says; he said he doesn’t want you on the aircraft anymore.”
As he was leaving the plane, Delta Airline employee was heard saying that he will have his airfare refunded. Speaking to The Post Millennial, Brooks says he intends to continue to stand for our freedom of speech and take back Americans’ freedoms. He also plans to sue the airline about the incident.
A man was kicked off a @Delta flight for wearing an F Biden sweater, even though he took it off. They claim it’s “delta policy” and threaten him with the no fly list.
I spoke to Delta and it turns out they don’t have a clothing policy and even told me I can wear an F Trump shirt pic.twitter.com/A8mruMxNpF
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 10, 2022