A video posted to Twitter shows a man being taken off of a flight to Florida from LaGuardia Airport for reportedly for not wearing a mask or face covering. The tweet also stated that that the "man being #arrested for unruly behavior."
The passenger, who is unidentified, was onboard a Spirit Airlines plane heading from LaGuardia to Fort Lauderdale when officials said he refused to wear a face covering, and police were called. In a second video we see that the man was taken off the flight and was allegedly arrested. "Update: The man refusing to wear a face cover on the @LGAairport @SpiritAirlines Flight to Fort Lauderdale @FLLFlyer is now being arrested @nbc6 - the passengers had to get off the plane. #WearAMask" read a second Tweet about the incident.
The man, who was flying from LaGuardia airport, took off his face covering and refused to put it back on, according to a statement from Sabrina Gaggia, a Spirit Airlines spokesperson.
"Ultimately, the man chose to deplane on his own instead of risking legal consequences," the statement read. "Spirit will always err on the side of caution when it comes to the health and safety of our Guests. Wearing a face covering is simple, it’s easy, and it’s critical to Spirit and the airline industry as a whole. We thank the thousands of Guests and Spirit Team Members who do their part each day to protect each other, and we will continue to enforce the use of face coverings on board our aircraft."
In June, American Airlines banned a passenger who refused to wear a face mask and was subsequently kicked off a flight since masks are required by the airline's coronavirus policy.