Spirit Airlines flight attendant and passenger clash over neck gaiter

Spirit Airlines flight attendant threatens to call police on passenger wearing a stars and stripes neck gaiter as a face mask - prompting outraged Twitter users to accuse the employee of being anti-American  Incident occurred on board a domestic flight earlier this week The passenger claimed he had worn his stars-and-stripes neck gaiter on 20 previous flights without incident  Spirit is standing by its flight attendant, saying: 'The CDC cautions that gaiters may not be effective'

By Andrew Court For Dailymail.com

Published: 20:27 BST, 20 September 2020 | Updated: 20:37 BST, 20 September 2020

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A Spirit Airlines flight attendant has threatened to call police on a passenger who was wearing a neck gaiter as a face covering. 

The incident, which occurred during a flight on the budget carrier sometime last week, was recorded by the passenger and posted to social media. 

The video was picked up by https://twitter.com/SVNewsAlerts/status/1307036325909073923 on Friday and has since gone viral, with many debating whether neck gaiters - which can be pulled up over the nose and mouth -  are adequate face covering for a domestic flight. 

The passenger's gaiter was also covered in stars and stripes, prompting some to accuse the flight attendant of being anti-American - an accusation that was swiftly shut down by Spirit. 

A Spirit Airlines flight attendant has threatened to call police on a passenger who was wearing a  stars-and-stripes neck gaiter as a face covering

A Spirit Airlines flight attendant has threatened to call police on a passenger who was wearing a  stars-and-stripes neck gaiter as a face covering

The video begins with the flight attendant asking the passenger to put on a face mask provided by the airline. The passenger responds that he is already wearing a face covering. 

'No,' the attendant scolds. 'What do you have underneath it [the gaiter]? That is not legal to wear.''

'Legal by who? What's wrong with my mask?' the passenger snaps back. 

'It's not legal

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