- Adelaide Schrowang, 23, was escorted off a Delta flight at Southwest Florida International Airport when a captain ordered she be removed from the flight
- Airline crew said Schrowang was disruptive, refusing to wear a mask, arguing with flight attendants and spitting at other passengers
- A passenger recorded Schrowag’s interaction with two officers who tell her they would ask her just one more time to put her mask on before they restrained her
- ‘Can you help me to understand as a human that is alive why?’ she emotionally ask the officers. ‘Seriously I’m asking as a person?’ she asks the officers
- The Transportation Security Administration requires all passengers to wear mask on plane until September 2021
The moment a Florida woman was arrested and forced off a Delta flight after allegedly refusing to wear a mask and spitting at other passengers has been caught on camera.
Cellphone footage shows the moment Adelaide Schrowang, 23, was escorted off the plane at Southwest Florida International Airport on July 7 when a captain ordered she be removed from the flight.
It is the latest incident of bad behavior on planes, with the FAA saying this month that airlines have reported more than 3,000 incidents involving unruly passengers since January 1.
Airline crew said Schrowang was disruptive as the plane sat at the gate, refusing to wear a mask, arguing with flight attendants and spitting at other passengers, KKTV.com reported.
A passenger recorded Schrowag’s interaction with two uniformed officers who tell her they would ask her just one more time to put her mask on before they were forced to restrain her.
Schrowang can then be heard complaining that officers are ‘not respecting my human rights’ as she is removed from the plane.
She’s recorded going back and forth with officers who tell her she is not complying as she ask ‘Why do you have the right to put your hands on me? What am I doing that makes you feel you have the right to put your hands on me?’
‘Can you help me to understand as a human that is alive why?’ she emotionally ask the officers. ‘Seriously I’m asking as a person?’
One of the officers, seemingly running out of patience give the 23-year-old her last warning.
‘Here’s what’s happening, were going to deplane the aircraft, I’m going to take you off the plane,’ he says.
She argues that was already going to happen and another officer tells her it wont happen if she willingly gets off the plane.
Schrowang does not budge and the other officer tells her ‘as soon as they deplane, you’re going to jail, it’s as simple as that’
‘Do you see how that’s a threatening system?’ she ask desperately.
‘That’s the way it is,’ the officer replies.
‘That’s not cool, I want to trust you, you want to trust me? that’s not healing,’ she says.
She goes on to argue that the officer told her if she got off the plane she wouldn’t be arrested and that the cop should ‘honor that’
The officer tells her ‘We’re trying not to arrest you’ and she responds, ‘You’re not respecting my human rights’ and the officer proceeds to grab her arms and move her towards the exit.
The Transportation Security Administration requires all passengers to wear mask on plane until September 2021.
‘TSA is requiring that all airport operators, aircraft operators, foreign air carriers and surface transportation owners and operators ensure that all workers and passengers wear face masks indoors to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and facilitate healthy and secure travel.’
Republican Sen. Rand Paul recently promised to introduce legislation to repeal the federal mask mandate on planes which was met with mixed reactions, with some applauding Paul’s efforts and others raising health concerns about variants and argued people might be reluctant to fly.
Schrowang, who was charged with resisting an officer, trespassing and interference with aircraft operations, continued to be disruptive as she was transferred to jail and during the booking process, KKTV.com reported.
The incident came the same week footage emerged of a woman who was duct taped to her seat on an American Airlines flight after she allegedly tried to open a plane door and bit a flight attendant.
The disturbing incident was caught on camera by a fellow passenger on the American Airlines flight from Dallas to Charlotte on July 6.
The restrained passenger – who has not been identified – was thought to have suffered a ‘mental health episode’ about two hours into the three hour trip.
TikTok user @lol.ariee, Arieana Mathena, said that it was clear something was happening toward the front of the plane and began locking the bathroom doors.
She said the crew began frantically running up and down the aisle in an attempt to secure the plane as best they could.
After the plane landed, the woman could be seen still duct taped to her seat complete with tape placed directly over her mouth.
She was forced to stay in her seat as other passengers were allowed to disembark from the plane.
Paramedics were also seen standing by with a stretcher at the gate.
American Airlines confirmed in a statement that the passenger was ‘restrained’ after causing crew members concern.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said last week that airlines have reported more than 3,000 incidents involving unruly passengers since January 1, with many involving passengers who refuse to comply with a federal requirement to wear face masks.
While the FAA agency did not track such reports in prior years, a spokesman said it was safe to assume this year’s numbers are the highest ever.
Since announcing a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ against unruly passengers in January, the FAA has publicized potential fines – some topping $30,000 – against dozens of passengers and has investigated more than 400 cases. That is about three times the full-year average number of cases over the past decade, according to FAA figures.
As a result of the violent incidents, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said they will resume self-defense training for airline flight attendants and pilots.
The classes, which are voluntary for airline flight crews, were halted last year because of COVID-19.
DailyMail.com could not confirm if airline staffers on the ground will also be part of the program.
The move was praised by leaders of major flight attendant unions, who lobbied to create the training programs after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The terrorists who hijacked and crashed four planes attacked several flight attendants and passengers before storming the cockpits.
‘Since a flight attendant was the first to perish, we wanted to make sure that we could protect ourselves from physical altercations, on and off the aircraft,’ said Lyn Montgomery, president of the union local that represents Southwest Airlines flight attendants. ‘Right now it’s really needed, it’s incredibly valuable.’
Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, who also advocated making the classes mandatory, nonetheless praised TSA for restarting voluntary ones now because of the surge in confrontations on flights.
‘This should send a message to the public that these events are serious’ and that flight attendants are there to ensure ‘the safety and security of everyone in the plane,’ she said.