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The Independent 09 July, 2021 - 11:28am 5 views

A flight from North Carolina to the Bahamas was delayed overnight after disruptions, including teen passengers reportedly refusing to wear face masks.

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A flight from North Carolina to the Bahamas was delayed overnight this week after a slate of disruptions, including teenage passengers reportedly refusing to wear face masks during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

American Airlines flight 893 was scheduled to leave Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday, traveling to Nassau, Bahamas. 

The flight was initially delayed several hours due to a maintenance issue with the first plane for the travelers, American Airlines confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY. 

The airline directed all of the passengers to another gate at the North Carolina airport, but "due to non-compliance with federal face mask requirements, disruptive behavior and failure to adhere to crew member instructions, the Captain made the decision to deny members of the group boarding on the replacement aircraft." 

The flight was pushed several more hours after baggage checked by the travelers was removed from the plane, in addition to other delays, according to the airline.

The flight was ultimately moved to Tuesday because, after the set of delays, the plane would have arrived in the Bahamas after Immigration and Customs resources closed. 

"We expect our customers to comply with our policies when they choose to fly with us, and we take action when that is not the case," American Airlines said in the statement.

The airline also claimed that the group was playing music with profane lyrics, yelling and using explicit language. 

The travelers cited by the airline were identified as a group of teenagers traveling to celebrate their high school graduation, the Washington Post reported.  

Breakaway Beach, a student travel company that organized the trip for the teenagers, alleged that the dozens of graduates on the flight were cast as “unruly” and “disruptive” over the actions of a few of its members,the company confirmed to USA TODAY. 

The company also said that, as the initial plane with maintenance problems sat outside of the airport, “some passengers including the students may have removed masks due to no air-conditioning/ventilation, quite unbearable conditions.” 

All of the passengers, including the students, were allowed to depart on Tuesday to the Bahamas.  

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Watch American Airlines passengers all put their hands on their heads for landing because of a 'possible security threat'

msnNOW 09 July, 2021 - 07:01pm

American Airlines ordered passengers on a flight from Los Angeles to Miami on Wednesday to put their hands on their heads before landing because of a potential security threat, a Fox News report said.

In Miami, the police boarded the plane and ordered passengers to wait in the terminal, the report said. This was because of a "possible security threat," American told Fox. The outlet said the airline didn't say what the threat was.

The police boarded with guns and appeared to arrest a man, Chris Nguyen, a passenger on the flight, tweeted.

"Passengers were ordered to put their hands on their heads for 45-60 minutes before landing," Nguyen tweeted.

"Passengers were deplaned and bused to the terminal, and the aircraft was inspected by authorities," an American Airlines spokesperson told Fox in a statement. "Safety and security is our top priority and we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience this caused."

Nguyen also tweeted a video of passengers in a terminal, where he said they "were forced to wait after getting off the plane."

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Security Threat Prompts Police To Meet American Airlines Miami Flight

Simple Flying 09 July, 2021 - 11:30am

Law enforcement met an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Miami on Wednesday after a potential security threat. They immediately boarded the aircraft after its arrival in Miami, and all passengers were bussed to the terminal.

Despite being told not to film by the cabin crew, several videos of the incident have surfaced online. Passengers onboard flight 2289 were made to keep their hands on their heads and were asked not to film for around an hour before the flight landed. Both actions are unusual, with the crew apparently wanting to keep all passenger hands visible.

The viral videos have sparked curiosity as to what the security threat might have been. The airline has not disclosed what the danger was. However, upon arrival in Miami, passengers were removed from the plane and bussed to a terminal. Passengers then waited while police inspected the aircraft.

Some online reports suggest police boarded with guns and arrested a man. However, these reports have not been confirmed by the airline.

The arrest happened when 2289 landed in Miami (flight landed at 4:42 ET). Passengers were ordered to put their hands on their heads for 45-60 minutes before landing. Strangely, passengers were repeatedly told not to film on the plane. pic.twitter.com/rxInzwRi4a

— Chris Nguyen (@imaNguyener) July 8, 2021

American Airlines provided the following statement to Simple Flying:

American Airlines also had a security incident last month when a passenger on a flight to Cancun skipped airport security. In this case, the aircraft returned to Charlotte Douglas International Airport shortly after take-off, and the man was arrested.

In this week’s incident, the threat must have been identified much later as the plane continued to Miami as planned. The crew asked passengers to place their hands on their heads around one hour before landing suggesting the security threat was not identified early on.

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The most recent incident comes amid calls for stricter punishments on unruly passengers. Although, in this case, it doesn’t appear to have been a disruptive passenger, most major US carriers are experiencing a surge in disruptive and violent behavior. Several airlines have confirmed that ongoing health and safety restrictions and longer-than-normal airport queues are causing tempers to rise.

The result is an increase in flight diversions and violent incidents. Many have called for harsher punishments and restrictions on people who cause incidents or pose a security threat. The FAA reports that violent incidents are increasing. Now, the FBI is working to decide whether people who cause incidents will be prosecuted as criminals.

Potential security threats, although often found to be false, can cause major issues. Each threat is taken seriously, meaning law enforcement is mobilized and, in some incidences, aircraft make an emergency landing or return to the point of origin. Even if a threat turns out to be false, legal action can be taken.

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American Airlines orders passengers to put their hands on their heads for last hour of flight over ‘security threat’

Yahoo News 09 July, 2021 - 11:28am

Once the plane was on the ground, Mr Nguyen says, armed police boarded the aircraft and made an arrest.

Passengers were then led off the plane and told to wait in a terminal. American Airlines confirmed this part of the story, but still did not disclose what the security threat was.

“On July 7, American Airlines flight 2289, a Boeing 777-300 operating from Los Angeles (LAX) to Miami (MIA), was met by law enforcement upon landing at MIA due to a possible security threat on board,” the airline told The Independent. “Passengers were deplaned and bused to the terminal, and the aircraft was inspected by authorities. Safety and security is our top priority and we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience this caused.”

Two videos filmed by Mr Nguyen show snippets of the bizarre chain of events. The first shows passengers on the plane, apparently still in flight, with their hands on their heads. The second shows passengers standing in an airport terminal, with some of them angrily yelling.

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The travel company, which represents 47 high school grads going from Charlotte to the Bahamas, said the airline was “overly harsh” in its treatment of the students.

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American Airlines says ‘disruptive’ students defied mask mandate, caused overnight flight delay

WWLP.com 09 July, 2021 - 03:48am

The flight (not pictured) was scheduled to fly from North Carolina to the Bahamas on July 5. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(NEXSTAR) – A large group of disruptive students was responsible for causing the overnight delay of an American Airlines flight earlier this week, according to the airline.

The incident, which allegedly involved students who were using foul language, refusing to stay in their seats and refusing to wear masks, is now being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency confirmed.

The flight was scheduled to leave from North Carolina for the Bahamas on Monday shortly after 9:30 a.m. Due to a maintenance issue, the plane was taken out of service and passengers were deplaned and directed to board a different aircraft.

While still aboard the plane, however, members of the group were repeatedly approached by crew members for noncompliance issues.

“Prior to departure on July 5, multiple members of a group traveling on American Airlines Flight 893 from Charlotte (CLT) to Nassau, Bahamas (NAS) were reported to be noncompliant with federal mask requirements, became disruptive to other customers and refused to follow crew member instructions while on board,” reads a statement released by the airline after the incident.

The plane’s captain then decided to deny boarding to the group, preventing them from flying on the replacement aircraft. During this time, the group’s luggage was removed from the original aircraft, causing a further delay that necessitated the replacement of crew members who were not permitted to stay on-duty after the delay.

American Airlines then delayed the flight overnight, since Immigration and Customs in the Bahamas would have been closed by the time the flight arrived in Nassau.

The disruptive passengers, which were said to be part of a group containing individuals and one chaperone, were allowed to continue on to the Bahamas the following morning.

“As a result of issues associated with members of the group, the flight incurred multiple delays before departing for NAS on Tuesday, July 6,” the airline’s statement continued. “We expect our customers to comply with our policies when they choose to fly with us, and we take action when that is not the case. We thank our team members for their professionalism and apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”

American Airlines did not comment on its decision to allow the group to fly rather than ban them from traveling with the airline.

A representative for Breakaway Beach, the company that organized the group’s senior trip to the Bahamas, has since alleged that only one of the teens had refused to wear a mask, not the multiple members American Airlines had accused of defying the federal mask mandate, the Boston Globe reports.

The group was from Winthrop High School near Boston, the organizers further confirmed to the outlet.

The FAA has since confirmed its administrators are “aware” of the incident and will be investigating, just as the agency would do for “all reports it receives from airlines.”

Monday’s incident, meanwhile, also occurred after the FAA announced a “zero-tolerance” policy, which imposes steeper fines and harsher penalties for unruly passengers. The policy was first announced in January.

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In Miami, the police boarded the plane and ordered passengers to wait in the terminal, the report said. This was because of a "possible security threat," American told Fox. The outlet said the airline didn't say what the threat was.

The police boarded with guns and appeared to arrest a man, Chris Nguyen, a passenger on the flight, tweeted.

"Passengers were ordered to put their hands on their heads for 45-60 minutes before landing," Nguyen tweeted.

"Passengers were deplaned and bused to the terminal, and the aircraft was inspected by authorities," an American Airlines spokesperson told Fox in a statement. "Safety and security is our top priority and we apologize to our customers for any inconvenience this caused."

Nguyen also tweeted a video of passengers in a terminal, where he said they "were forced to wait after getting off the plane."

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