Passengers applauded and cheered as a woman was kicked off a plane for allegedly refusing to wear a face mask.
The woman, dubbed Karen by social media users, was removed from the American Airlines flight after arguing about wearing a face covering, a passenger claimed.
A video uploaded by a fellow passenger, Jordan Slade recorded the moment the woman was escorted off the flight travelling from Ohio to North Carolina on July 19, reports Mail Online.
The passenger claimed she was not wearing a mask due to medical reasons, Jordan revealed.
Footage shows her collecting her luggage before walking off the plane prompting others to cheer and clap.
To this, the woman says: “You can clap all you want.”
One passenger can be heard shouting back: “Just leave. We have flights to get on.”
As the unmasked woman walks off, airline employees can be seen near the door wearing face masks.
Speaking to MailOnline, Jordan said: “She was argumentative from the gate.
“She demanded to be boarded first and was causing an obvious scene. Once boarded, she was making phone calls and arguing with the attendant when asked to put her phone away.
“She also refused to wear a mask putting others on the flight at risk…another passenger even got up to confront her about her behaviour with no mask.”
Jordan also revealed other passengers had confronted the woman and said if she missed her flight it would be because of her.
The incident was filmed on TikTok and went viral, prompting social media users to question Karen’s actions.
One Twitter user said: “How did she even get on the plane without one? Why wasn’t she stopped at the gate? Did she have one on to get in the plane but refused to keep it on?”
As the world battles to prevent the spread of coronavirus, airlines have implemented rules to keep passengers safe.
American Airlines has a new policy requiring passengers to wear face coverings.
Daily Star Online has approached the company for comment.