(Asia Despatch) — Federal officials now say they will look into a group of 30 “disruptive” high schoolers who American Airlines removed from a Bahamas-bound flight on Monday.
American Airlines said the teens were kicked off flight 893 from Charlotte to Nassau after they were told to wear federally-mandated masks, caused a scene, and did not follow the instructions of the crew. A source familiar with the incident said the group was chaperoned by only one adult who was no more than 22 years old.
“The FAA is aware of the incident and investigates all reports it receives from airlines,” said a statement from the agency, which has received a total of more than 3,200 reports of unruly passengers this year, with three-quarters of issues over the transportation-wide mask mandate.
“They were being very obnoxious,” passenger Malik Banks told Asia Despatch affiliate WSOC. “I would say 75% to 80% of them were being terrible kids, saying smart stuff.”
American Airlines provided customers hotel vouchers and rescheduled flight 893 to depart Tuesday morning, ultimately leaving with the teens on board.