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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

An American Airlines flight returns over the Atlantic due to a dispute over passenger masks.

An American Airlines flight to London from Miami backed off about an hour later on Wednesday night due to a passenger who refused to abide by coronavirus masking rules, the airline said.

Police officers met Flight AAL38 at Miami International Airport as it returned, but it was not immediately clear if they were detaining anyone or filing charges. The Miami-Dade Police Department and Miami International Airport did not immediately respond to phone and email requests for comment early Thursday.

The Boeing 777, carrying 129 passengers and 14 crew, was about 500 miles from its 4,400-mile flight when it changed course off the coast of North Carolina, according to a flight-tracking system.

American Airlines said in a statement that the flight was diverted because “the offending customer refused to comply with the federal mask requirement.”

The episode was another in a long list of air mask controversies that have flared up during the pandemic.

In October, a passenger was accused of punching an American Airlines flight attendant in the nose, giving her a concussion, after an argument over a mask. The airline’s chief executive called the violent collision on a flight to California from New York “one of the worst acts of unruly behavior we’ve ever seen.”

In May, a California woman on a Southwest Airlines flight repeatedly beat a flight attendant, bleeding her face and knocking out three of her teeth, after she was asked to fasten her seat belt, set up a tray table and “put on her mask properly.”

There have been thousands of other incidents involving unruly passengers in recent years, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The agency said it had received 151 reports of rebellious passengers as of Tuesday since January 1, 92 of which concerned face masks. Last year, it received 5,981 reports of naughty passengers and 4,290 mask incidents.

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