Tuesday, 29 Sep 2020

Police force EasyJet passenger to wear mask after he refused

An EasyJet passenger reportedly refused to wear a face mask because he had ‘rights under UK law’ – even though he technically wasn’t in the UK.

Police were forced to board the Jersey to Gatwick flight and give the man a talking to after he refused to comply with the airline’s coronavirus rules.

One witness said the passenger persistently refused the requests of cabin crew before the captain became involved.

They said: ‘He was being obstinate and aggressive and kept talking about his rights under UK law, even though he wasn’t in the UK.

‘The cabin crew didn’t have any luck in changing his mind, but eventually he agreed having been spoken to by the captain – he said he was emailing the airline to say he was acting “under duress”.

‘Other passengers were getting really fed up with what was happening, and cabin crew were trying to calm people down in order to prevent things escalating.’

Police spoke to the man to ‘ensure his compliance’ and the flight took off 45 minutes behind schedule.

An EasyJet spokesman said all passengers are required to wear a face mask on its planes – in line with EU regulations.

He said: ‘Police attended flight EZY896 due to a passenger behaving disruptively on departure and refusing to wear their face mask. The passenger agreed to wear their mask onboard in line with safety requirements and so was permitted to travel.’

Jersey Airport added that the passenger had worn a mask earlier while moving through the departures area.

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