With America’s hyper-partisan election just around the corner, folks across the country are using every chance they can to make a political statement – even while flying.
One can’t enter the airport without seeing travelers wearing t-shirts or caps supporting the candidate of their choice – or mocking the other side – and Black Lives Matter shirts are all the rage.
But when one black traveler, who happened to be a Trump supporter, was getting ready for takeoff, bias flight attendants asked him to do the unthinkable.
Passenger Philip Ndifon was relaxed and enjoying his snack when flight attendants told him he had to go.
Philip complied with all the airline procedures by wearing a mask, which happened to have “Trump 2020” across the front.
But so what?
We are in America – and the freedom to express our love or distaste for a politician and not face repercussions is what makes this country so great.
Wanting to show the world his support for Trump, and quench the myth that no black man could support President Trump, Philip was also wearing a “Black Voices for Trump” hat.
Rock on man.
But as he lowered his mask to eat his dried nuts and fruit, flight attendants kept insisting he wear his mask.
Philip politely and calmly explained he only had it lowered because he was eating… but the airline crew kept hounding him to wear his mask – and then made the decision to remove him from the plane and threatened him with criminal charges if he didn’t comply!
Thankfully, a conservative activist traveling with him was able to film the entire thing.
She was appalled, as were all the other passengers watching the ridiculous scene unfolding before them.
“Philip was a complete gentleman and complied with all their requests and policies. I have been flying Southwest regularly for over a decade. I have never experienced such targeting by a Southwest employee.
“They usually have great customer service. But today this attendant refused [to] impartially apply [the] policy [and] made up an excuse to have Philip removed from the plane. The supervisor ignored the other customers when they said Philip was following the policies and took him off the plane.”
Not willing to apologize, Southwest doubled down and claimed the airline attendants had asked Philip several times to wear his mask, and so they made the decision to remove him.
Southwest did end up allowing Philip to fly on another flight if he promised to “comply” with the mask policy – BUT STILL! What a needless inconvenience for a man, who happened to be a Trump supporter, who was just trying to eat his snack.
The visceral hatred for conservatives and patriotic Americans has been on display at the airports– especially during this election season.
A Federal Air Marshal was refused boarding unless he removed his American flag mask.
Another black conservative activist was banned from flying – and wasn’t even told until he attempted to check in.
Airlines can insist they are just “following policy” all they want, but it’s clear rogue flight attendants are using their own personal bias and temporary power to send a message.
Chances are, if the man’s mask had a different saying on it, he would’ve been able to eat his snack in peace — and stay on his plane.
Patriotic Americans all across the country are feeling the backlash of supporting their president – but it won’t stop them from staying true to their convictions.
And the truth is, it’s going to take a lot more than an angry flight attendant to silence a patriot traveler or stomp out the American spirit!
God bless America.
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