Passenger thrown off JetBlue aircraft for refusing to wear a Covid19 mask

‘I hope you get eaten by an alligator!’ Passengers heckle and boo man as he is escorted off plane after it is diverted to Florida because he refused to wear a mask

  • A passenger on the JetBlue aircraft refused to wear their mask during a flight
  • The aircraft which was flying between New York to Cancun was forced to divert
  • The disruptive passenger was deplaned in Florida before the flight continued  

This is the moment a man is heckled by fed-up passengers after he refused to wear his mask and the airline made an unscheduled landing to take him off the flight. 

The incident took place onboard a JetBlue aircraft as it flew holidaymakers to Cancun, Mexico when it was forced to divert to Florida

Several passengers including Lawrence T Redick IV, 22, from New York filmed the incident. 

One passenger called out they hoped the Covid-19 denier would be fed to Florida’s alligator community.   

It shows a flight attendant standing next to the passenger who would not wear the mask while telling him: ‘let’s go, get up, let’s go.’

The man, pictured right, put on his mask when the police arrived but was still ordered from the aircraft

Disgruntled passengers on board a jetBlue flight to Cancun, Mexico, heckled a man who refused to wear a mask and forced the aircraft to be diverted to Florida so he could be thrown off

The aircraft was diverted to Florida because the passenger repeatedly removed his mask

Two sheriffs boarded the aircraft to take the man into custody and remove him from the flight

The aircraft was diverted to Florida because the passenger repeatedly removed his mask

Other passengers can be seen filming the anti-masker and shouting: ‘get him out of here,’ and ‘shame!’

Moments later, after what appears to be two Sheriffs walk up the aisle behind the flight attendant, the passenger – who is dressed in a black t-shirt and straw hat -can be seen getting up from his seat.

Passengers erupt into cheering and clap their hands while others shout ‘boo’ as the man slowly makes his way off the plane.

As he is exiting, one hilarious person onboard shouts: ‘I hope you get eaten by an alligator!’ prompting an outburst of laughter.

‘I started filming after we landed in Florida.

‘Me and my family were on our way to Cancun and the passenger initially wore a mask to get on the flight but during the flight, he kept taking it off.

‘The flight attendants and the pilot made two announcements about the passenger saying that if he didn’t keep his mask on then they would have to make an emergency landing and get him off.

‘Sure enough, he didn’t keep the mask on and so we had to land early and then he put his mask on to leave.

Passengers onboard the flight said they were on the ground in Florida for 90 minutes

Several people filmed the incident on their cell phones

Passengers onboard the flight said they were on the ground in Florida for 90 minutes

‘We were on the plane for roughly three hours before we landed early and then we had to stay on the plane in Florida for about an hour to an hour-and-a-half because of this.’

Almost 3,000 people have commented on the footage which was uploaded to TikTok on Monday. More than 60,000 people have liked the short video and more than 2,500 users have shared the story.  

‘If you want to anti-mask, do it home, not at the inconvenience of everyone else flying. Even if you don’t believe it, just wear it to be polite,’ one TikTok user wrote.

Another person suggested that masks alone would not prevent the virus from spreading.

‘If anyone on that plane has covid, everyone on there will get it, with masks or without. Masks work but social distancing is much more important,’ they said.

A final person seemed more concerned with why the flight was so full, adding: ‘Why are there so many people on the plane? Are they not seating people spaced out anymore?’

MailOnline has approached JetBlue for a comment. 


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