A Florida man was removed from a United Airlines flight and banned from flying with the airline after wearing a bright red thong on his face as his mask.
Adam Jenne was banned for allegedly failing to comply with President Joe Biden's federal mask mandate, according to a report.
"I think the best way to illustrate absurdity is with absurdity," Jenne said.
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The man was flying to Washington, D.C., from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and said it was not his first try at flying with the red lingerie as his face covering, he said. Jenne boarded the flight with the red thong on his face and a "Let's go Brandon" shirt, in what he said was roughly his 24th attempt.
"Every single flight has been met with different reactions from the flight crew," Jenne said. "Some with a wild appreciation, others confrontational."
This time, however, there was no love lost with the airline, and authorities from the Broward County Sheriff's Office confronted Jenne after he left the plane, according to the report.
"Eventually, they called TSA and airport security," he said. "I ended up staying at the gate for about 45 minutes."
After he was taken off, Jenne said other passengers began removing their face coverings and exited the flight in protest.
"I think it's a testament to passengers having had enough, citizens having had enough. This is just nonsense," he said. "My intention was not to ruin anybody else's day."
United Airlines said its employees took the right course of action in removing Jenne, according to a statement released by the airline.
"The customer clearly wasn't in compliance with the federal mask mandate and we appreciate that our team addressed the issue on the ground prior to takeoff, avoiding any potential disruptions on the air," the statement read.
However, Jenne said his actions on the flight are comparable to those of Rosa Parks.
“Everything else that has sparked change in this country has started from everyday people,” he said. “Rosa Parks wasn’t famous. She changed the course of history.”
Jenne had his flight refunded and intends to fly out on Thursday, according to the report.
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"Hopefully, Spirit Airlines has a better sense of humor," he said.