A male passenger was removed from a plane at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport for wearing a gas mask and panicking other travellers.
In a tweet, another flyer on the American Airlines service said the man had held up the Houston-bound flight for about an hour “because you let this guy on the plane wearing a gas mask”.
“This then panicked people on the plane and we had to wait for him to be escorted off,” Joseph Say wrote on Twitter.
Speaking to ABC13, Mr Say said the man had also donned a black beanie.
“I had a seat in the back. I was sitting there. I was talking to the lady next to me. We heard a little bit of commotion," he remarked.
"I looked up and saw a guy coming onto the plane wearing a full gas mask, which was kind of odd. He didn't have a filter, which I thought was more strange.
"Immediately, people start talking in the back of the plane. They were worried. Most people wanted him off the plane."
Say said the man then refused to remove the mask when asked by cabin crew to do so.
"What we heard from the lady sitting next to him was he said he wanted to make a statement. I don't know what the statement was. I'm not sure what his goals were. To me, it seemed inconsistent," he said.
"You couldn't see his face. You couldn't identify any features on him. People were worried he had sneaked something on-board and that he had the mask for his own safety."
Flight AA2212 eventually departed 50 minutes after schedule, while the traveller “was rebooked on the next flight to Houston, and flew without the mask ...” the airline told ABC13.
The removed passenger had flown into DFW from Los Angeles, but it isn’t known why he wore the mask or if he was charged with a crime.
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