Man kicked off United Flight for wearing a thong instead of a face mask


  • A man was removed from a United Airlines flight for attempting to pass on underwear as a face mask.
  • Adam Jenne told local news outlets he was wearing the thong to challenge the federal mask mandate.
  • “Everything else that has changed this country has started with ordinary people,” he said, before comparing himself to civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

A man was kicked off a United Airlines flight after trying to take off a chapped red thong as a face mask.

Adam Jenne, 38, of Cape Coral, Florida, was asked to disembark a flight departing from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport following a dispute with flight attendants, according to Fox affiliate WSVN 7News Miami reporting.

In a clip circulating on Twitter, Jenne was seen with the thong on his face. A staff member approaches Jenne and asks him to disembark for failing to comply with the airline’s mask requirements.

Jenne told WSVN7 News he was wearing the panties on his face instead of a mask to challenge the mask mandate on flights. A federal mask mandate is currently in effect that requires travelers in the US to wear face coverings on planes, trains and buses, as well as at airports and other transit stations.

“Illustrating that absurdity by wearing women’s underwear on my face sounds perfect,” said Jenne, who wore an anti-Biden “Let’s Go Brandon” T-shirt during the flight.

In an interview with NBC affiliate WBBH, he compared his actions to those of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

“Everything else that has changed this country has started with ordinary people. Rosa Parks was not famous. She changed the course of history,” Jenne told the network.

Jenne also claimed that he had worn underwear on his face on more than one flight, although this could not be independently verified.

“Each flight received different reactions from the flight crew. Some with wild appreciation, others with confrontation,” Jenne told WBBH. He added that he was allowed to fly most of the time, but on this occasion in Fort Lauderdale, he was asked to disembark by airport security.

Jenne told WSVN7 News that he later received an email from United Airlines stating that he had been banned from flying while the company was reviewing his case.

In a statement to WBBH, United said it supported the employees who had called for Jenne to be removed from the plane.

“Clearly, the customer did not comply with the federal mask mandate and we appreciate that our team addressed the issue on the ground prior to takeoff to avoid potential airborne disturbances,” the statement said.

United Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider about whether Jenne will be banned from other United flights.





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