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MAGA-hat wearing David J. Harris documents what happens when he refuses to wear mask on AA flight: ‘Know your rights!’

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David J. Harris shared a video Saturday on Instagram giving a blow by blow account of an incident aboard an American Airlines flight after he boarded without wearing a mask.

The black conservative just happened to be wearing a MAGA hat at the time, as he explained that a couple took issue with him not wearing a face mask — Harris said he had declared that he had a medical reason for not doing so.

Mediaite interpreted this as: “Pro-Trump personality David J. Harris Jr. held up an entire American Airlines flight on Saturday for apparently not complying with the company’s mask policy, and instead, made a scene in the noble fight to defend one’s personal ‘rights’ to not wear a face-covering on board.”

It would appear some in the media are selective in taking a stand for your rights, as Harris did — compare that characterization to how Black Lives Matter protesters are treated when shutting down entire highways.

“If you have a medical reason, you do not have to comply. There are lots of conditions on the list,” Harris said in the video caption. “Know your rights! Know the truth! And please know, unless you’re wearing an N95 mask, any cloth covering or ear loop will not stop you from getting it!”

Almost four minutes long, Harris explains in the clip what went down.

“So because I declared that I have a medical reason to not wear a mask, people on the plane are tripping out and may not want to fly on this plane,” he said. “The captain has just announced that he’s going to look up all the rules to make sure he’s following the guidelines and then make the best decision regarding safety.”

He added that “there’s a couple that definitely has an issue” with him not wearing a mask.

 

The video picks up with the flight captain explaining over the intercom that anyone who did not feel safe due to a passenger not wearing a mask could exit the plane and American Airlines would reschedule their flight.

“So basically, they cannot violate your HIPAA rights as an American and ask you anything about your medical issue,” a smug Harris explained, feeling victorious. “So for all the people on the plane who may want to get off ’cause they might not feel safe, then get the heck off!”

On its website, American Airlines cites Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

“A face covering is required while flying on American, except for very young children or anyone with a condition that prevents them from wearing one,” the airline states.

Harris did note that after the captain spoke with everyone, no passengers exited the plane to have their flight rescheduled.

The video ends as Harris in on the ground at his destination, recapping events.

“So my bride and I, oh, they tried to kick us off, folks, they tried to kick us off the plane,” he said, with a hearty laugh. “But nope, we have laws and we have rights, and that’s why we live in the greatest country in the world!”

Interestingly, Mediaite pointed to another Instagram post from Harris showing him wearing a mask — it was not covering his nose and mouth — but failed to note that in the caption Harris said: “PS. If you have a medical condition, wearing a mask can be harmful for your health! Stand up for your rights!”

(In fact, the article shared the photo without the caption altogether.)

Tom Tillison

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