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A passenger is expelled from the plane for refusing to wear a mask



A passenger is expelled from the plane for refusing to wear a mask

(CNN) – Tensions over wearing face masks caused a passenger to leave an American Airlines flight Wednesday when the airline imposed tighter security measures.

Passenger Brandon Straka was asked to get off a flight from New York to Dallas after he refused to wear face coverings as required by American Airlines policy, the airline confirmed in a statement.

This is the first known incident of this type since the airline announced plans to put on more masks.

Wearing faceplate on airplanes is not mandated by law, but airlines have instituted their own mask requirements for crew and passengers. This week, several major US airlines, including American Airlines, promised that they would take a hard line to enforce their policies.

American Airlines confirmed the incident on Flight 1263 from LaGuardia New York to Dallas / Fort Worth, saying that Straka refused to wear face coverings.

“After he refused to obey the instructions given by the flight crew, our team members asked him to get off the plane. He got off and the flight left the gate four minutes late at 12:34 pm ET,” the airline said in a statement.

Straka was re-ordered on the next flight after he agreed to abide by company policy, the airline said, and America contacted him for more information about the incident. Straka said he wore a mask provided by the company but took it off when he was on the plane and no one complained.

“This is crazy. Really crazy,” Straka said deeply Periscope post on social media. “We don’t even have a choice anymore.”

Straka told CNN in a telephone interview that the flight was about to leave when “one of the flight attendants came to me quite aggressively and said, ‘Sir, you must wear your mask.’ And I said, ‘Well, I don’t have that.’ ”

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Straka is a conservative personality who appeared on Fox News. He described himself on his website as a former liberal who encouraged people to leave the Democratic Party.

When asked about the mask, Straka said he was anti-mask for himself, but he saw it as a personal decision. Along with T-shirts and other items, Straka sells masks on his website.

The flight attendant said he needed to wear a mask to be on the plane, Straka said, and showed that it was legal.

“I’m just annoyed at the fact that there are no conversations. I said to him, ‘That’s actually not the law.'”

In a video posted on Twitter by a New York Times reporter who was on the plane, an argument about the mask policy was recorded.
The clip, which did not capture the entire argument and provided audio but there were no images from the speaker, included an exchange of medical conditions and a female voice was heard asking about medical documentation. Straka was also tweeted about that incident.

When asked by CNN if he has a medical condition, Straka declined to comment but said, “I find it difficult and expensive to wear a mask, yes.”

He said that he had never had a problem with not wearing a mask on a flight.

“I fly sometimes two or three times a week, and even during shutdown I fly a minimum of once every two weeks. I am quite accustomed to traveling and this really has never been a problem. Not once, even with this airline,” said Straka.

While US aviation officials have not mandated face masks for air travelers, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration said in congressional testimony on Wednesday that passengers were expected to wear masks when directed by flight attendants.

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FAA administrator Steve Dickson said in his testimony that air passengers must wear face coverings “for their own protection and to protect the people around them. Face cover is very important in situations where social distance is not possible.”

Pete Muntean and Gregory Wallace from CNN contributed to this report.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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