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Fact check: Man in airport tantrum video was kicked off plane for rejecting mask policy, not because of Capitol insurrection

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The airport incident was not about the Capitol insurrection. Rather, the man in the video had been asked to get off a Charlotte-to-Denver flight for refusing to comply with American Airlines' mandatory mask policy, airline spokesman Curtis Blessing told CNN.

In part because someone on Twitter -- not the person who actually recorded the video -- added a caption that suggested that the man had been put on a no-fly list for being part of the insurrection at the US Capitol.

Rather, the man in the video had been asked to get off a Charlotte-to-Denver flight for refusing to comply with American Airlines' mandatory mask policy, airline spokesman Curtis Blessing told CNN.

After CNN reported on Twitter on Tuesday that the @RayRedacted tweet incorrectly suggested the incident was about the Capitol insurrection, @RayRedacted tweeted a correction and said, "I was initially given incorrect information. " As of 3:50 p. m. on Tuesday, the correction tweet had 20 retweets -- versus more than 107,000 retweets on the inaccurate initial tweet, which remained online.

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