American Airlines has issued a press release defending the actions of a pilot who stated he would “put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off” in the event that they didn’t behave on a flight leaving from Washington D.C. on Friday.

One of the passengers on the flight, which left from Reagan National Airport for Phoenix Sky Harbor in Phoenix, Ariz., had shared video to social media over the weekend exhibiting most of the vacationers — a number of of whom gave the impression to be carrying pink MAGA hats — chanting “USA, USA” throughout an overhead announcement.

Another video shared to Twitter captures the pilot’s remarks, by which he threatens to “dump” disruptive passengers in Kansas.

“This is the way it’s gonna be. Um, it’s a four-and-a-half-hour flight out to Phoenix. We’ll put this plane down in the middle of Kansas and dump people off — I don’t care. That’s … We will do that if that’s what it takes. So behave, please.”

The girl who uploaded the primary video, conservative activist Mindy Robinson, had additionally recommended in her tweet that the “USA” chants had been what prompted the pilot’s response, although American Airlines has since recommended that a few of the passengers had been refusing to adjust to the airline’s present masks mandate.

The pilot “made an announcement emphasizing the importance of following crew member instructions and complying with mandatory face-covering policies,” a consultant for the service stated in a press release obtained by Business Insider.

Robinson herself had additionally hinted that the passengers chanting “USA” weren’t following “every single rule,” which is precisely what’s required of business airline passengers, per the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the non-public airline trade itself. Another Twitter consumer who responded to her video famous this, writing, “It’s a private company. You follow their rules, or you don’t get their service. That’s how free markets work.”

A consultant for American Airlines was not instantly accessible to additional touch upon the flight with Fox News.

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Friday’s incident is only one of many cases of airways responding to disruptive passengers within the wake of rioting on the U.S. Capitol, throughout which a mob of Trump supporters breached the doorway and stormed the constructing. Last week, Alaska Airlines banned 14 passengers who refused to put on masks and harassed crew members aboard a flight from DC to Seattle. And on Thursday, American Airlines confirmed that it could no longer be serving alcohol on flights to and from the DC area “as a precautionary measure,” simply someday after Trump supporters on a flight from Texas to DC clashed with different passengers after touchdown at Dulles International Airport.

American Airlines beforehand confirmed that it could now not be serving alcohol on flights to and from the DC space “as a precautionary measure,” simply someday after Trump supporters on a flight from Texas to DC clashed with different passengers after touchdown at Dulles International Airport.
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In response to the occasions of final week, Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), has since called for the ban of any individuals who participated within the “violent and seditious actions at the Capitol,” urging the U.S. authorities to “disqualify these individuals from the freedom of flight.”

In response to AFA-CWA’s issues, FAA Administrator Steve Dickson stated on Saturday that the FAA will take “strong enforcement action” in opposition to disruptive passengers, “with penalties ranging from monetary fines to jail time.”

The identical day, the FAA tweeted that such offences may end in fines of as much as $35,000.

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“Federal law prohibits you from physically assaulting or threatening to physically assault the crew, and anyone else, on an aircraft. You could be subject to fines of up to $35K and imprisonment for such conduct,” the FAA tweeted.