Southwest Airline Kicks Passenger off Flight for Eating Without a Mask

By Roland Arhelger - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83230027

A frequent flier was removed from a Southwest flight before takeoff for eating Twizzlers without a mask on. 

“I, Avi Mandel, just got kicked off a plane because I wasn’t wearing my mask in between bites while I was eating,” the Baltimore, Maryland resident said in a video he shot on board.  

Mandel decided to eat some of his favorite snacks while he was waiting for his Fort Lauderdale flight to take off last Sunday. When a flight attendant told him to mask up, before scurrying off, he thought, “Oh, I guess she didn’t know I was eating.”

Then he heard an announcement over the loudspeaker that “everyone who’s eating has to wear masks in between bites,” and the plane returned to the gate. He said he didn’t think much of going back to the terminal until a security team came on board and escorted him off the flight.  

Mandel stayed composed as he was being removed, but passengers can be heard sticking up for him on the video. “That is so wrong. He did nothing wrong. Wow!” One flier protested.  

He emailed Southwest and they replied that he was booted for ignoring a new federal mandate that went into effect that required passengers to wear their masks between bites of food and sips of drinks.

“If I knew this rule ahead of time, I would have happily listened, but I had no clue,” Mandel commented. “I think it could be handled a lot better, and I think the rule could have been placed better.”

He noted that he always follows the rules on flights, but didn’t know the rule had gone in effect and it hadn’t been properly explained by the airline. “Had I known, I obviously would have done it differently, but you got to tell someone the rule in order for them to follow it,” he remarked.  

Mandel rebooked his flight the next day, this time on a different airline. He said he won’t be flying on Southwest in the future. “It was absurd. The way I was treated was absolutely absurd. It was crazy and it wasn’t fair.”

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Wharf Rat
Wharf Rat
10 days ago

Maybe we ca take the mask of in between breathes. What absolute stupidity. But then again we have a democrat administration

Jim
Jim
10 days ago
Reply to  Wharf Rat

As long as the brain damaged Democrats are in control they are babes lost on the woods. The right hand has no idea what the left hand is doing. Is the CDC correct or China Joe? They are a confused bunch of idiots. Period.

Buck Fiden
Buck Fiden
10 days ago
Reply to  Jim

Unfortunately as long a brain damaged democrats are in control WE are lost. Also they DO very well know what they’re doing. Not confused but very dangerous to our freedom! We haven’t seen ANYTHING yet … just wait.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
10 days ago
Reply to  Wharf Rat

I just posted and of course, they’re holding my post. Learn to love the masks. They’re here to stay.

barb2554
barb2554
9 days ago
Reply to  Wharf Rat

I refer to it as Biden’s “mask-querade” Nothing to do with “science” but all to do with control and political theater.

cynic in Calif.
cynic in Calif.
10 days ago

Wearing a mask while eating and drinking sounds, at the very least, disgusting and unhygienic. What does one do, use the mask as a napkin between bites? Perhaps this airline needs to show a video demonstrating exactly how this is done, lest additional passengers get trapped similarly. Remind me not to fly anywhere right now—or perhaps never again–especially Southwest.

Buck Fiden
Buck Fiden
10 days ago

Southworst is cutting they’re throats in the name of woke.. They will suffer more if we NEVER FORGET when things quiet down. Vote with your money. They’re weakened right now , it’s time to go in for the kill. Remember, they have competition if you must fly. Use your head and your wallet.

Bill maher
Bill maher
10 days ago

Sucks

Ros Fe
Ros Fe
10 days ago

Bloody stupid.

adrian maclean
adrian maclean
10 days ago
Reply to  Ros Fe

The stupidity just goes on and on .

William T Fitzgerel
William T Fitzgerel
10 days ago

I just flew to Memphis / Salt Lake this past week and no rule like that was specified, I glad that Southwest and their management style are not are only choices.

Vince
10 days ago

The sad part is Southwest isn’t even the worst of them. Let them all go bankrupt then. Executive orders ONLY apply to federal employees.

adrian maclean
adrian maclean
10 days ago
Reply to  Vince

Any business that treats their paying customers this way will pay a big price in permanent lost customers and revenue .

Tom Haver
Tom Haver
10 days ago

That is good!
My wife and I just booked 4 flight’s Delta and best price but we won’t ever be flying on delta . Because of their worthless CEO . Lack of common sense on voting law in Ga. Corporations need to start loving America 🇺🇸. They are making deals with Communist China 🇨🇳 and Globalist for money. Delta at one time was a great airline.
75 million plus strong people voted for Trump and for Common Sense.
2020 election was fraud and stolen.

Mandy Martin
Mandy Martin
10 days ago
Reply to  Tom Haver

👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Ulla
Ulla
10 days ago

NEVER did like the “cattle-call” airline, and NOW I’m 100% sure that I will NEVER use them again……..What absolute STUPIDITY and HUMILIATING tecnics to get “absolute” control, as a paying customer, they are supposed to be there for us, NOT the other way around………

adrian maclean
adrian maclean
10 days ago
Reply to  Ulla

EXACTLY !

Junie
Junie
10 days ago

This is all about control. Dr Faucet is enjoying his moment of feeling powerful, but he faces Almighty God in the end just like we all do.

William Gebhart
William Gebhart
10 days ago
Reply to  Junie

So true! The Lord won’t be interested in his opinions or addressing his as Dr.

adrian maclean
adrian maclean
10 days ago
Reply to  Junie

The faucet`s days are numbered and the end is near .

Buck Fiden
Buck Fiden
10 days ago
Reply to  Junie

Herr Fauci is no better than the Nazi doctors that experimented on the crippled and weak. His gain of function experiments in Wuhan were not only illegal in the U.S. but it’s now tragically been proven to have been extremely dangerous. With millions in our tax money as well.. Countless millions of dead souls are on his hands. He will meet his redemption in Hell.

Falcon
Falcon
10 days ago

I don’t think that the CDC has said that. Southwest used to be a great airline but it sounds like they have started to scrape the bottom of the barrel for their flight crews. I must really hard for those people to have to go through life being that Stupid.

Robert
Robert
10 days ago

No problem…..I have written off Delta and I was a Platinum Flyer. I now drive or rent a car for a shorter hop. Delta, SW, and these arrogant corporate punks think they will run the world. Bad news is on the way for these lowlife. I have written off almost all “woke” companies, it is time too do the same against the transport sector. Goodbye and good riddance! I do not need you!

Vince
10 days ago
Reply to  Robert

Thank you!

Patty
10 days ago

THIS IS ABSURD!!!!! THANKS TO THIS MAN AND HOW HE WAS TREATED I WILL BOYCOTT SOUTHWEST!!!!!! I WILL ALSO TELL EVERYONE I KNOW……I WILL CALL PEOPLE I DO NOT SEE ……. THIS MASK CRAP IN DEFINITELY OUT OF HAND??????? THIS IS ALL ABOUT SOMEONES POWER OVER OTHERS?????

Bianca
Bianca
9 days ago
Reply to  Patty

Were flying Jet Blue.

Bianca
Bianca
9 days ago
Reply to  Patty

Used to only fly Southwest

Paul
Paul
10 days ago

Note to self…..NEVER FLY SOUTHWEST airlines

Lorraine
10 days ago

I guess he didn’t realize that the Woke Left does NOT have to explain the rules. Whatever they say or do is law and all sheep must follow. I personally refuse to give my money to any Woke company, organization or group.

Rodzzz
Rodzzz
10 days ago

Should we wear a mask on our ass while taking a shit too?

Last edited 10 days ago by Rodzzz
Rodzzz
Rodzzz
10 days ago

OK! Who’s in charge of this circus?

Tim
Tim
10 days ago
Reply to  Rodzzz

The republicans are not in charge of the bullshit!!!
DUMBOCRATS are cheaters(2020election) and LIARS!!!!!

Pgb
Pgb
10 days ago

We will look back on how easily we allowed the government to manipulate us and suppress our liberties and freedoms with nonsensical quasi scientific machinations essentially accepting soviet style totalitarian controls of our everyday lives. Hopefully we have had enough and will insist that we be allowed to live as free citizens and not subjects!

Marteremal
Marteremal
10 days ago

That’s southworst for ya

Carol
Carol
10 days ago

I am so disappointed to hear this. I just booked a flight on SW. They have always been my go to airline. They have always treated me very well. This damn government making these stupid rules. I am so pissed.

charleshGarrido sr
10 days ago

Greetings.
No wonder America “our” “The USA” we’re screwed up!

Tom McGrath
Tom McGrath
10 days ago

I probably will not be flying Southwest again unless they change their stupid rules without first notifying passengers. You cannot educate stupid.

NJRightwinger
NJRightwinger
10 days ago

I heard we’re supposed to wear seatbelts now too even if we’re not in a car or plane…

Roger Shuttlesworth
Roger Shuttlesworth
10 days ago

I am A list with Southwest and my last flight was followed up by a complaint to Southwest complaining about the verbal threats over the OA by their steward! He threatened anyone not having their mask on with huge fines and years in prison fir not keeping the mask on! Get the word out! Southwest has become unfriendly to customers, even ones that have been loyal to them! I say fly someone else until they get their senses back!

F F Tramutola Jr.
F F Tramutola Jr.
10 days ago

Chose an America supporting airline. BOYCOTT SOUTHWEST. IDENTIFY THE COMMIES WHO RUN IT. BLM THEM.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
10 days ago

Oh my friends, learn to love it.
Masks are here to stay! You vill like it!
Until we revolt, nothing is going away.
We need to organize for elections of 2022 and especially 2024.
Don’t take the vaccine. It’s bad stuff.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
10 days ago

Why are you idiots holding my posts?
We still have some freedoms??? Non???

Anti communism
Anti communism
10 days ago

As everybody has heard most of their life ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law or rules, pleading ingronance is just his excuse for endangering others on the plane. He needs to get a grip and shut up.

Dolores Linthurst
Dolores Linthurst
9 days ago
Reply to  Anti communism

I agree with everyone else! First of all I work in the healthcare field and follow “somewhat” what the XXX says. They have never said the way with a mask on in between bites! Maybe you need to keep quiet and listen with both ears open! Tired of people acting like they know more without Common Sense Logic!

Camille
10 days ago

This is so sick, Dr. Fauci has done nothing but lie during this whole pandemic. He and Bill Gates want to cut the world population.

Jane Stacy
9 days ago

everyone stop flying if you can $ is what the understand

007baby
007baby
9 days ago

The federal mandate does NOT say “you must wear a mask in-between bites.” This is from the official order: “In addition, the requirement of wearing a mask does not apply under the following circumstances: While eating, drinking or taking medication, for brief periods;” CDC Mask Order Dated 1-29-21 – extended to September 2021

Bob L.
Bob L.
9 days ago

Everybody on board should have taken their masks off in support of him. Mandates are not laws and most mandates are unconstitutional, as are many laws, as well.

Jamey
Jamey
9 days ago

And whatever happened to traditional American independence? There was a time when the Southwest management would make their own rules for passengers, not slavishly follow the nonsense rules of an insane Democrat administration, or their running dogs in the media. Let’s face it folks, government should be, MUST BE, eliminated from the American economic sphere, just as they are (mostly) eliminated from the religious sphere – and for the same reasons. Those reasons are the destruction of individual liberty. The real question is, is it time for a Jeffersonian revolution?

Clyde Lynn
Clyde Lynn
9 days ago

And I thought SWA was one of the Good Guys, they just showed their Stupid Side. Looks like the airline has gone to hell since Herb passed.

Ridfor
Ridfor
9 days ago

Southwest has gone south….

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
9 days ago

The ubiquitous mask was the most obvious characteristic of China flu. But even without masking, the natural animal resistance to disease would have kicked in. The consequence is masking may have hidden the effectiveness of natural animal resistance. The highly contagious nature of this scary looking virus provoked panic and criticism.

Scholars and politicians spawned ridiculous explanations on this natural response. Some wondered if this new microorganism signaled the end of Homo sapiens. Seems to me, the colossal development effort known as Warp Speed may have hindered the natural progression of this disease but I wonder about the long term effectiveness.

It’s quite possible that human arrogance and belief in our absolute right to dominate the six known kingdoms of life is our nemesis. We may have accelerated our sure path to extinction and the rise of Homo deus as predicted by Yuval Noah Harari in his book of the same name. Perhaps the only certainty is our “president” doesn’t know where he is, what day it is or what to do.

Nonnie
9 days ago

ridiculous rule. Restaurants allow removal of masks when eating

Thomas Bodine
Thomas Bodine
8 days ago

Remember we do have the power to get back at the leftists=spend your $$$$ with the use of your brain.