Why is 18-second video so popular? Part of the reason is that someone on Twitter (rather than the person who actually recorded the video) added a caption stating that the man was on the no-fly list for participating in the U.S. Capitol riot.
The tweeter with the title “@RayRedacted” said: “The people who broke into the Capitol on Wednesday now know that they are on the list awaiting a full investigation. They are not happy about it.”
Fact first: Twitter headline is inaccurate: The airport incident has nothing to do with the Capitol uprising. Airline spokesperson Curtis Blessing told CNN that, instead, the person in the video was asked to get off the plane for refusing to comply with American Airlines’ mandatory mask policy. Lot flew to Denver.
“On Friday, January 8, a customer was asked to board Flight 1
754 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) for refusing to comply with our mandatory facial masking policy. The customer complied with the request to disembark, The flight departs at 7 am: Denver International Airport (DEN) at 42 pm Eastern Standard Time,” Blessing said in an email.
After the masking incident, Blessing said that the man was included on American Airlines’ own refusal list, which was essentially a no-fly list specific to the airline, pending further investigation. But there is no basis to imply that he was on the government’s no-fly list-in this case it is impossible for him to board the plane-or that his ban on flying for any reason was related to the Capitol Uprising.
The video was originally posted by Tania Domínguez on the social media app TikTok, who told CNN that she was waiting for other flights at Charlotte Airport. Her own caption said: “Holmi boys were told to wear masks. This is a full-scale toddler melting period.” (She later said in the TikTok comment thread attached to the video that she was not sure whether the incident was related to masks. But The initial intuition proved to be correct.)
The video showed that the man’s face was covering his chin when walking in the terminal, instead of his nose and mouth. When he shouted and was kicked off the plane and was allegedly injured by an unknown person, he sounded excited and he claimed that he wanted to destroy his life.
CNN could not get in touch with the undisclosed person.
After CNN reported on Twitter on Tuesday that @RayRedacted’s tweet incorrectly indicated that this incident was related to the Capitol Uprising, @RayRedacted tweeted to make corrections and said: “The information given to me was incorrect.” As of 3:50 pm on Tuesday, there were 20 tweets for the corrected tweet, and more than 107,000 tweets on the inaccurate initial tweet, which is still online.
Not the only one
This Charlotte video is not the only airport video with a false title after the Capitol Uprising. For example, footage of an arrest at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida was shared by many tags, claiming that they were also related to the uprising and “#NoFlyList”-but as the Tampa Bay Times pointed out, these The video was actually taken two months ago.
Congressional Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have called for participants in the congressional uprising to be included in the government’s ban list. However, it is not yet clear what action should be taken. House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (Bennie Thompson) is a Mississippi Democrat who asked the FBI and Transportation Security Administration to add all identified congressional rioters to the federal no-fly list last week. The agent has already done so.
The TSA said in a statement on Monday that after the Capitol incident, it was on “high alert” and that “travelers will notice more law enforcement operations and dog presence at the three airports in Washington, DC.”
CNN’s Pete Muntean wrote this article.