American Airlines flight attendant accused of violating mask policy in photo

Days after a Utah single mom said she was thrown off an American Airlines flight because her crying baby wouldn’t wear a coronavirus mask, another traveler shared an image of one of the company’s flight attendants allegedly violating the same policy.

Steve Crawford, a 36-year-old Pennsylvania police officer, said he saw the woman’s story on the Fox News app and wanted to share the photo he took days after she was forced to miss her connecting flight home.

“It’s selective enforcement and then the hypocrisy of your own employees who don’t follow the rules,” he told FOX Business.

Air traveler Steve Crawford says he captured this photo on Jan. 23 of a maskless flight attendant on an American Airlines from Fort Myers, Florida to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Courtesy: Steve Crawford)


He said young children don’t fully understand the purpose of wearing coronavirus masks — and that they are less susceptible to the disease.

“The mother is in a position where the consequences are what they are, and they kicked her off a flight,” he said. “It’s just unbelievable.”

The Utah woman said a flight attendant kicked her off a plane last week because her 2-year-old daughter “pressed” with her mask and cried. The incident led to a 40-minute flight delay that prompted another passenger to unfold a 1,700-word Facebook post detailing the attendant’s attitude, delay, and treatment of that single mother — who had her hands full physically. with luggage, a baby carrier, a toy and a blanket as she tried to put on her daughter’s mask.

When she tried to board American Airlines Flight 3573 earlier this month, hands full with a diaper bag, her purse, her daughter’s car seat, and her daughter’s blanket and plush toy, she said a flight attendant blocked her from her seat. reach.

Adam Kissel tells FOX Business that he took this photo of an unmasked American Airlines employee Saturday on a flight from Virginia to West Vriginia.

Adam Kissel tells FOX Business that he took this photo of an unmasked American Airlines employee Saturday on a flight from Virginia to West Vriginia. (Courtesy of Adam Kissel)

The flight attendant gave her an adult mask for the 2-year-old and told her to put it on the child.

“So I put her car seat on this seat that was open in the first class because nobody was there,” said the mother. “I tried to rush and put the hair on, and she said, ‘No, you have to get all the way off the plane and put it on.'”

The mother packed her things and led her daughter to the step bridge, holding the rest of the passengers up. She put the mask on her daughter and they got back on the plane and found their seats.

Dan Holdt says this flight attendant was “particularly diligent about masking” on a United Airlines flight from Colorado to New Jersey on Jan. 1. (Courtesy of the Holdt family)

But the girl was grumpy, played with the mask and asked for her bottle. She said her daughter was told to mask herself between sips.

“I took her bottle, which didn’t come across well, and I tried to get her to wear the mask, and she was worried about it,” the mother said.

Moments later, before the flight took off, the mother told all passengers to get off the plane. Everyone except she and her child were allowed to get back on, resulting in a missed connection for her journey home and a 40-minute delay for everyone else.

An American Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft takes off from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in Roissy-en-France near Paris, France, on December 2, 2021. (Reuters/Sarah Meyssonnier/File photo)


Crawford says he has a 2-year-old child of his own. And when he travels with her, he said, he is not asked to put on her mask.

“I believe this is important because of the very obvious double standards applied and the abject hypocrisy and power hungry attitudes of so many flight attendants, not to mention the difficulty in getting a toddler to mask for hours on end” , he said. “American Airlines isn’t alone. This is something we’ve been through in our own lives, with our kid, about how overblown this whole thing is and how the hypocrisy just shines through.”

In addition to Crawford, other FOX readers have also shared images that they say show flight attendants exposing on the job — including reading announcements over a loudspeaker.

An American Airlines spokesperson said customers can contact the company to voice their concerns.


“Customers with concerns about their travel should contact our Customer Relations team, who will review the information and share it with appropriate leadership for any additional follow-up,” a spokesperson told FOX Business.

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