Video posted on TikTok shows an entire plane of Southwest Airlines customers applauding the removal of a woman accused of breaking federal mask rules.
The footage, which is filmed discreetly from three rows back, starts mid-argument.
In the video shared by user Brendan Edler, a woman is seen arguing with a crew member
“It’s better to get off,” a man mutters in the background while the woman, who is wearing a mask in the clip, hysterically denies refusing to cover her face.
“You’re saying I didn’t comply and put my mask on when you asked me to?” she asks another person, who is not visible to the camera. “Are you seriously telling them that I didn’t put my mask on when you asked me to?”
“You! Are! A liar,” she screams — but is quickly drowned out by boos and shouts of “Bye” from the passengers.
“Get off the plane,” someone shouts. When the woman gets up to exit, the crowd applauds. She throws them the middle finger before disembarking with a male companion.
“I hope you’re single, buddy!” one of the men on the plane shouts.
After the woman exits, another woman emerges from behind where the flight attendants had been standing — and does a little dance.
The video was posted five days ago by user B_elder56 with the caption #karen.
A news portal Southwest for further context on the incident. The airline said that it does not have any further details on the situation but provided information on its mask-wearing policy.
“Federal law requires Southwest to ensure every person age 2 and over to wear a mask at all times throughout a flight, including during boarding and deplaning,” a Southwest Airlines spokesperson said. “We communicate the face-covering mandate to all customers at multiple touchpoints throughout the travel journey.”