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Woman prevented from boarding American Airlines flight over see-through mask

The Independent logo The Independent 20/04/2021 Graeme Massie
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A woman says she was denied boarding of an American Airlines flight because she was wearing a see-through mask.

Tarus Woelk says a gate agent refused to let her board the flight in Charlotte, North Carolina, because of the type of mask she was wearing.

“’You can’t wear that, you have to wear a different mask,’ I said, ‘well why?’” explained Ms Woelk to FOX46.

“‘Well, I can see your mouth.’”

When Ms Woelk refused to swap her own mask for a disposable one she was denied entry to the flight, which was going to Richmond, Virginia.

“I was like, ‘can you just take a minute and look at this? It’s a Shema mask, it’s used by professional athletes. It has a factor of 97 instead of 95. It’s more effective than what you want me to wear.’”

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Me Woelk said she believed she had followed all regulations set out by the airline.

“It just caused a huge mess. I’m wearing a mask. I’m being compliant,” she said.

The Independent has reached out to American Airlines for comment.

The airlines mask policy prevents passengers from wearing a mask made of mesh or lace, or from having an exhaust valve or vent.

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