Brandon Straka, the self-described gay "former liberal" and creator of the #WalkAway movement, was thrown off a recent American Airlines flight for refusing to wear a face mask -- his resulting meltdown was caught on video by multiple witnesses.
"After he [Straka] refused to comply with the instructions provided by the flight crew, our team members asked him to deplane," American Airlines said in a statement.
Straka had boarded American Airlines flight 1263 from New York's LaGuardia to Dallas/Fort Worth yesterday on his way to the upcoming rally for President Donald Trump scheduled for Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Apparently unaware of the airline's recently updated passenger safety policies, he objected when asked to don personal protective equipment.
"I fly sometimes two or three times a week, and even during shutdown I was flying a minimum of once every two weeks," he told CNN. I am quite used to traveling and this has literally never been an issue. Not one single time, even with this airline."
The entire episode was witnessed by New York Times reporter Astead Wesley who was on the flight.
"There is currently a mutiny on my flight to Tulsa (via Dallas) because a guy is refusing to wear a mask and the flight can't take off," Wesley tweeted. He later revealed his fellow passengers "applauded" when Straka was escorted from the plane.
Straka later livestreamed from the terminal lobby trying to explain his actions.
Never one to pass up an opportunity, Straka chose to portray himself as the victim and throw shade on seemingly everyone from Black Lives Matter to homophobic cake makers.
American Airlines indicated Straka boarded a later flight without incident, even wearing a face mask after discussions with airline personnel regarding their new policy.
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