Flight to Bahamas canceled after Winthrop teens reportedly refuse to wear masks


WCVB Boston 07 July, 2021 - 09:22am 31 views

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Flight 893 was ready to depart Charlotte, but a mechanical issue forced the passengers onto a different plane.

That's when fellow passengers say some among the group of teens allegedly refused to put on masks, in accordance with CDC guidelines.

“I would not say all of them. I was 75% to 80% of them were being terrible kids, saying smart stuff,” one passenger said.

“All they had to do was put the mask on, sit there, no smart mouth comments. And they couldn’t do it,” another passenger said.

Winthrop mother Jill Buccini said kids on the trip from her community did not know the child without a mask. She said the Winthrop group also contends only one senior lowered his mask.

After hours of impasse, the flight to Nassau was canceled. None of the Winthrop students were arrested.

The flight cancellation forced other passengers -- many of whom were on vacations -- to rebook their trips.

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Boston teens forced to sleep in airport after mask rebellion gets flight canceled

New York Post 07 July, 2021 - 10:16am

By David Meyer

July 6, 2021 | 12:16pm | Updated July 6, 2021 | 11:51pm

A group of more than 30 teens from Boston refused to wear face masks on a plane to the Bahamas on Monday — forcing American Airlines to cancel the flight.

“It was bad. First, they were yelling. They were cursing. They were being very obnoxious,” witness Malik Banks told WSOC-TV.

American Airlines Flight 893 was set to depart Charlotte at 9:30 a.m. Monday when a mechanical issue forced flyers to switch planes. The high school students began acting up after boarding the second jet, WSOC-TV reported.

“It wasn’t all of them,” Banks recounted. “I would say 75 percent to 80 percent of them were being terrible kids, saying smart stuff.”

The flight was then canceled altogether. American Airlines acknowledged the incident and said the trip was delayed until Tuesday, the station reported.

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

Adults stranded as a result of the shenanigans received hotel vouchers — but age rules for hotel bookings forced the teens to spend an uncomfortable night at the airport.

“Well, I’m a nurse, and it’s really, really hard to get time off work. So when you finally get time off, you really want to be somewhere you want to be,” Randolph told WSOC-TV.

“Some people’s vacations are ruined. They were only going for a couple of nights. Now, they have to get rebooked,” added Stephanie Krzywanski. “Nobody likes it. Nobody wants to sit around and do this, but you’ve got to follow the rules.”

No arrests were made in the incident.

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Flight cancelled because group of high schoolers refused to wear masks

The Independent 07 July, 2021 - 10:02am

The American Airlines Flight 893 to Nassau, Bahamas, was scheduled to fly when students from a Boston-area high school refused to wear masks even though the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDP) still requires masks on planes because of the Covid-19 pandemic, reported Channel 9.

Malik Banks, a passenger seated next to the group of more than 30 students, said: “It was bad. First, they were yelling. They were cursing. They were being very obnoxious.”

“It wasn’t all of them. I would say 75 per cent to 80 per cent of them were being terrible kids, saying smart stuff,” Mr Banks said.

The passengers were already hassled as they had switched planes because of a mechanical issue.

Christina Randolph, another passenger on that plane, said all that students had to do “was follow the rules, put the mask on, sit there.”

“No smart-mouth comments. And they couldn’t do it,” she said.

Ms Randolph rued that the flight cancellation meant a smaller vacation. “Well, I’m a nurse, and it’s really, really hard to get time off work. So when you finally get time off, you really want to be somewhere you want to be,” she told the channel.

Though no one was arrested, the airlines acknowledged that the flight from the Charlotte Douglas airport was delayed till Tuesday.

Another passenger Stephanie Krzywanski said: “Some people’s vacations are ruined. They were only going for a couple of nights. Now, they have to get rebooked. Everyone has to follow the rules. Nobody likes it. Nobody wants to sit around and do this, but you’ve got to follow the rules.”

Some of the passengers were provided with hotel vouchers but as the students were too young to get the hotel rooms, they ended up spending the night at the airport itself.

Data reveals Australia’s new international arrivals cap is harshest yet

The Guardian 07 July, 2021 - 05:15am

The limit on the number of international arrivals coming into Australia via commercial flights, the so-called “passenger cap”, will be halved from 14 July over concerns from some state premiers around the Delta variant of Covid-19.

The reduced cap means the weekly state and territory intake is reduced from the previous cap of 6,370 (which included an extra 300 spots for vulnerable people to return via Brisbane) to 3,070. While the reduction is due to be reviewed by 31 August, Scott Morrison has indicated it will be in place until at least the end of the year.

Even taking into account the number of places available for people to quarantine at the Howard Springs facility, which takes passengers from commonwealth-organised repatriation flights and domestic travellers to the NT, the limit on arrivals will be the strictest since the beginning of the pandemic with the exception of a few days in February when Victoria stopped accepting international flights while other states had their travel caps halved.

At least 35,000 Australians have registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as being stuck overseas and wanting to return to Australia.

When announcing the cut in arrivals, Scott Morrison said the government planned to partly offset the cuts by increasing repatriation flights and people quarantining at Howard Springs, saying: “So where we will lose some capacity for inbound flights of those coming back through commercial flights, the commonwealth will directly seek to mitigate that by upping, wherever possible, those commercially facilitated flights that the commonwealth is pursuing.”

However, the analysis of travel restrictions also shows the government’s planned upgrade to the Howard Springs quarantine facility will do little to offset the cuts in arrivals from the states.

Morrison announced in March an agreement with the Northern Territory to increase the capacity of Howard Springs from 850 people a fortnight to 2,000 by April or May 2021.

Increasing the centre to its full capacity will only result in an extra 328 quarantine spots a week, compared with the loss of 3,185 quarantine spots from the states (this number varies depending on how Queensland’s “surge” amount is handled).

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Some important caveats with this data: because arrivals are reported as monthly totals, and the passenger caps can change from day to day, I’ve averaged the monthly arrivals figure to give a daily value. This also excludes people travelling from New Zealand from October onwards, as quarantine-free travel was allowed from October.

The analysis suggests that arrivals were likely under the caps from October to December 2020, and again in March and April of this year.

However, concrete data on Australia’s actual quarantine capacity and usage remains hard to come by, with both state and federal governments refusing to provide numbers.

Guardian Australia has requested figures from NSW, Victoria and the Queensland governments, but the data has not been provided. A freedom of information request to the federal government requesting the numbers for Australia’s quarantine capacity and usage was denied.

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