It turns out that Brandon doesn’t get to go, as a man with a Let’s Go Brandon face mask was booted off a recent flight. The offensive (to some) face mask is, according to this airline, against FAA regulations. But, see, it’s not.
Writing “Let’s go Brandon” on your face mask is kinda dumb, in our opinion. Is it really worth the hassle? Does it really make a big point? I dunno, maybe. That said, this airline and its employee were dead wrong when they booted a passenger off a recent flight after he wrote the phrase on his face mask.
An Allegiant Air flight employee – perhaps a gate agent or flight attendant, informed a man wearing a nondescript face mask that he was in violation of an FAA regulation and could either change his mask or be removed from the plane. His sin? Apparently, he had written the controversial phrase “Let’s Go Brandon” on the mask.
Of course, this phrase is now locked in the zeitgeist after a reporter misheard a crowd chanting something far less polite when interviewing a race car driver. What they were actually saying was, “F*ck Joe Biden!”
Throngs of people disenchanted with the state of the country, the president and COVID lockdowns have turned the chant into a rallying cry. T-shirts, face masks, social media posts, hats, etc, share this phrase in varying ways.
You can even buy face masks with the phrase on it and as we shared a few weeks ago, you can get removed for it, but not because it’s an FAA violation. No, instead the airline can remove you as part of their offensive clothing policies.
Fellow BoardingArea blogger Live and Let’s Fly shared an official statement from Allegiant that hinted a larger context not seen in the video.
The video in question depicts part of an incident involving a passenger who failed to comply with repeated crew member requests to adhere to the federal face mask policy…. The passenger was removed from the flight and issued a refund for his fare. Disregarding instructions from flight crew members is prohibited by federal regulations and is grounds for removal from a flight where such conduct creates an unsafe environment. The decision to remove a passenger is never made lightly and is always done with the safety of our passengers and crew in mind. In April, the FAA adopted a zero-tolerance policy against unruly passenger behavior, which includes failure to comply with crew members’ instructions. We welcome the FAA’s renewed strong stance on unruly passengers, understanding the safety risk such incidents can create for both passengers and crewAllegiant Statement shared on Live and Let’s Fly
This airline was wrong for the reasons they stated, but with their own policies, they could have been right. We don’t see this as a matter of free speech; you are riding on a private company’s airline, and if they deem this offensive, so be it. We’d prefer, however, that it be consistently enforced. And the trick with “offensive stuff” is that it’s almost always an opinion. The subjective nature of it makes it hard to find the right place to draw the line.
How about you, reader? Offensive? Let it go?
But you can have “Black Lives Matter” masks? Even after black David Dorn was murdered in the riots following the protests? And “I support Joe Biden” masks, even after he murdered those children in Afghanistan? Allegiant just made the No Fly list.
Big deal. Toughen up, buttercup!
This is ridiculous, there was no reason for this passenger to be kicked off the plane. 1st amendment rights were violated, why bc the airline industry is is overseen by the ffa. So, let say at my country club, they decide they will not allow blacks, oh, there private, it doesn’t matter. Yea, see how that flies.
You sound like a racist Shawn Littlefield
So, will any visible clothing that aligns with a political position, potentially offensive to someone with opposing views, also warrant this response?
Let’s go Brandon is an outdated jab at Biden that most good natured Americans laughed at for 1 week in November and then quickly moved on from the moment our brain dead politicians started repeating it aloud. Like with everything, those hacks ruined the joke.
The man was removed for having “Let’s Go Brandon!” written on his mask. There is no FAA regulation preventing the passenger from wearing a mask with this rather benign political slogan, nor could there be for such a regulation would be in violation of the 1st Amendment.
As to Allegiant Airlines dress code, its dress code is contained within the Contract of Carriage in effect on and after 20th May 2021. This is the only official policy of the airline which passengers are legally obligated to abide by.
The provisions related to attire are cited below.
F. Comfort and Safety – Carrier may refuse to transport or remove from the aircraft at any point any passenger in the following categories as may be necessary for the comfort or safety of such passenger or other passengers:
2. Persons who are barefoot (other than infants);
7. Persons who have clothing/attire/accessories that are deemed patently offensive or obscene by other passengers and choose not to remove, change or cover the article(s);
8. Persons who wear or have on or about their persons concealed or unconcealed deadly or dangerous weapons; provided, however, that Carrier will carry passengers who meet the qualifications and conditions established in Federal Aviation Regulation, 14 C.F.R. § 108.11;
By no stretch of the imagination can the slogan “Let’s Go Brandon!” be “deemed patently offensive or obscene” so the only provision that addresses attire does not apply. Also, F(7) does not provide for the staff of the airline to make such a determination; it must come with a legitimate protest from the passengers.
Most passengers are unaware that a Contract of Carriage is mandatory for all commercial carriers, much less what their rights are. The man who was removed from the flight has solid grounds to sue Allegiant for violation of a contract and to sue the flight attendant personally for tortious interference of a contract.
Try to Google anyone getting kicked off a plane for wearing a f@$k trump shirt or hat. Trump was the president then just like Biden is now.
It’s insane just how one sided things have become. Be consistent or don’t take a stance
What if someone had written on their mask ” let’s go Mr. President ” what would happen then ?
He didn’t just get kicked off, he chose not to change his mask when asked. His decision. If you want to fly at that moment, comply.