Flight cancelled after 30 teenagers ‘refuse to wear face masks’

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American Airlines jet on runway (AP)
American Airlines jet on runway (AP)

A US flight was cancelled after 30 teenagers on board a jet refused to wear face masks, according to reports.

Dozens were left stranded when the captain of an American Airlines service from North Carolina to Nassau in the Bahamas refused to take off.

Flight 893 was forced to remain on the ground because the youngsters allegedly would not comply with legal requirements at 9.30am local time on Monday.

As a result, the 17 and 18-year-olds were forced to sleep in Charlotte Douglas International Airport overnight as they were too young to check into a hotel.

Passengers also on the service said the group from Boston were “very obnoxious”.

They are believed to be on their way to the Bahamas for a graduation trip.

Malik Banks, who was seated next to them, said: “It was bad. First, they were yelling. They were cursing. They were being very obnoxious.”

Fellow passenger Stephanie Krzywanski filmed the bust up and called local news station WLTX from the cabin.

She said: “There were a group of high school seniors celebrating their graduation who were being rowdy and not wearing their masks.

"What transpired was a lot of back and forth between, I assume, the parents.”

Christina Randolph added: “All they had to do was follow the rules, put the mask on, sit there. No smart-mouth comments. And they couldn’t do it.”

An airline spokesperson confirmed to WLTX the group was “non-compliant” with the federal mask mandate that requires passengers to wear a face covering on planes.

Police sources said that no one was arrested.

A spokesperson for American Airlines told The Standard: “Prior to departure on July 5, multiple members of a group traveling on American Airlines Flight 893 from Charlotte (CLT) to Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) were reported to be noncompliant with federal mask requirements, became disruptive to other customers and refused to follow crew member instructions while on board. 

“As a result of issues associated with members of the group, the flight incurred multiple delays before departing for NAS on Tuesday, July 6. 

“We expect our customers to comply with our policies when they choose to fly with us, and we take action when that is not the case. We thank our team members for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”

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