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Man Wearing Gas Mask Removed From Flight

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As some fliers grapple with the coronavirus scare or just suffer from a general apprehension about flying, you can imagine the … uh … let’s call it concern, when somebody boards a flight wearing a gas mask.

And refuses to take it off.

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Needless to say, that scenario caused some panic among passengers on American Airlines flight 2122 from Dallas to Houston on Thursday. Passenger Joseph Say said that some passengers were worried the man had sneaked something onboard and that the mask was “for his own safety.”

“What we heard from the lady sitting next to him was he said he wanted to make a statement. I don’t know what the statement was,” Say told KTRK in Texas. “I’m not sure what his goals were.”

Frankly, the man looked scary. The gas mask was all black and completely covered his face as he walked up and down the aisle. The man had just flown from Los Angeles to Dallas without incident and without the gas mask.

When asked by a flight attendant to remove the face mask, the man refused, causing a one-hour delay as security escorted him from the plane.

Ironically, other than disobeying orders from the flight crew, the man did nothing wrong. American Airline officials told KTRK the man was later rebooked onto another flight to Houston.

An American Airlines spokesperson told Fox News it was “a PR stunt,” although Say has his doubts.

“My gut reaction was that he was probably worried about the coronavirus and had put on the gas mask as an overkill kind of protection,” Say said.

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Strange Odor at Oakland Airport Sends Travelers to the Hospital

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We have seen more issues with strange odors on airplanes in the last year or so than at any time, some so severe they required a diverted landing.

Now comes word that another incident has taken place, only this time it was actually inside the airport.

Four people were taken to local hospitals by the Oakland (Calif.) Fire Department on Tuesday after an unknown substance began giving off a strange odor at Oakland International Airport.

According to Fox News, the odor came from a small box at one of the ticketing counters that is used to discard items that cannot be brought on a plane via carry-on bag – water bottles, bottles of cologne or mouthwash larger than three ounces, etc.

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The airport played it safe and called the fire department, which sent a Hazmat crew according to the NBC TV affiliate in the Bay Area. There was no disruption to airport services, though four people were taken to the hospital to be checked out for precautionary reasons.

This is the latest in a series of numerous reports of odors emanating from a plane or airport just in the last year or so alone, much less beyond that time frame.

Some have been fumes that have forced flights to land.

Some have forced flights to divert to other airports.

Some have been so overwhelming that passengers and crew were hospitalized.

And some have even been visible – if you like your airplane cabin filling with an unknown fog.

The Oakland Fire Dept. is still investigating the cause of the odor.

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