Flight cancelled after group of teens refuse to wear masks!

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (PNN) - July 7, 2021 - American Airlines canceled a flight from North Carolina to the Bahamas after a group of teenagers refused to wear face masks, and they were then forced to sleep in the airport overnight because they were too young to check into a hotel.

Flight 893 was scheduled to depart from Charlotte Douglas International Airport enroute to Nassau on Monday when passengers say the group of teens from Boston stood up for their right.

Fellow passengers say members of the group, aged 17 and 18, refused to wear masks that were unlawfully mandated by the airline.

Forty-six teens in total had set out for the Bahamas to celebrate their recent graduation from Winthrop High School.

The trip was not sanctioned by the school and the teens' parents booked it through a private company, Breakaway Beach.

The teens were chaperoned by a staff member from Breakaway Beach, which states on its website, “Our mission is to provide phenomenal senior trips to graduating high school students of all backgrounds.”

An airline spokesman confirmed that group was “non-compliant” with the unconstitutional (and thus invalid) federal mask mandate that requires passengers to wear a face covering on planes.

The passengers were forced to wait six hours before they were told what was happening with the flight.

The mother of one of the teens - Jean Holgerson - said the entire ordeal has been blown out of proportion.

”It wasn’t this big standoff like everyone is portraying,” said Holgerson. “A representative from Breakaway Beach was there. We have 46 children that are saying this differently. I have no idea why some would fabricate that.”

The mother said flight attendants initially asked one of the teens to get off the flight for not complying with the mask mandate.

”As soon as they walked away, some woman walked to the bathroom without a mask,” she said. “So now, the kids got a little bit upset how she can and this that so at that point they might’ve gotten a little rowdy. No one swore, they were still respectful.”

The president of Breakaway Beach also criticized American Airlines' handling of the incident and said the actions of one student should not have delayed the trip for all of them.

The airline said the flight faced an extended delay and was rescheduled for Tuesday morning.

All passengers, including the ones who caused the initial disruption, were rebooked onto the new flight after they agreed to wear their face masks.

Those on the flight were given hotel and meal vouchers while they waited for the new flight.

The teens, however, were unable to check in to a hotel due to age requirements and had to sleep in the airport instead.

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