Police confronted former NBA player Dennis Rodman Monday morning after he refused to wear a face mask on a plane despite being asked four times.
Rodman, 60, also known by his nickname “The Worm,” was sitting in first class on a JetBlue flight from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, when staff asked him to lift his mask, leaving it to rest on his chin. .
As COVID cases continue to rise, airports and airlines have continued to enforce the federal mask mandate for employees and passengers in order to maintain the spread amid the presence of the new Omicron variant.
The former basketball star was said to have complied with the mandate after staff asked him but kept pulling his mask down as he claimed he was having trouble breathing.
After multiple confrontations, Rodman met deputies from the Broward Company’s Sheriff’s Office after they landed.
He was later released after he agreed to collaborate with them and was not released with a quote.
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman, 60, was confronted by police at an airport Monday morning after he ignored a mask authorization while on a flight. Filmed in Fort Lauderdale in August
Rodman sitting in first class on a JetBlue flight from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale
Rodman was later abandoned by Representatives in the Broward Company’s Sheriff’s Office at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
As stated on the JetBlue website, all passengers aged 2 years and over must wear a mask throughout the flight as well as at the airport during the boarding and disembarking process.
A face mask should also be worn over the chin to properly cover the nose and mouth.
The flight incident isn’t the first time Rodman has failed to comply with COVID guidelines.
Rodman was previously seen failing to maintain social distancing as well as comply with a mask mandate in September 2020 while interacting with fans at a Whole Foods Market in Los Angeles.
He was seen talking and shaking the mask on his chin even though his fans continued to wear it properly as they interacted with the basketball star.
Rodman was previously seen ignoring social distancing guidelines and keeping his mask under his chin while interacting with fans at Whole Foods Market in Los Angeles in September 2020
Rodman had kept the mask under his chin while fans kept their mask when interacting with him
Nor is Rodman the first celebrity to face a controversy over the mask’s mandate, as British model Katie Price previously set off on a connecting flight from Las Vegas in November after refusing to wear a mask.
Price, 43, was flying with star fiancé Carl Woods, 32, when a passenger claimed she refused to comply with the mandate four times before she was fired.
The model’s fellow tourist took to Twitter to share details of the alleged incident, writing, “KatiePrice just got dumped from our flight from New York to Las Vegas with her boyfriend!! So annoying and embarrassing. Put on your bloody mask Was it worth it…
“Apparently she was asked 4 times to wear a mask and refused when she was warned that she would be taken off the plane, she said she would go after that…
They had no idea who she was – Karl looked terrified. She said, “I didn’t do anything!” Matching cream tracksuits is very embarrassing.
However, Katie’s friend disputed the allegations, telling The Sun: “Kate was on the phone with her kids, so she pulled the mask down to hear it more clearly…
She had just ended the call when the flight crew came and told her she needed to wear a mask over her mouth.
In the narration of Al-Musafir, Al-Siddiq said: ‘It is not true. She chose to get off the plane because she hadn’t finished talking to her children. I just left and got on the next flight – no big drama.
Model Katie Price, 43, is reported to have taken off a connecting flight from New York to Las Vegas with fiancé Carl Woods, 32, after refusing to wear a mask after being asked four times.
Another passenger on the flight tweeted about the accident
The new variant of Omicron has become the predominant COVID strain in the United States where it recently accounted for 73 percent of all cases.
The new variant is also said to be responsible for 90 percent of new infections in the New York region, Southeast, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest.
With the upcoming holiday season, TSA employees are screening more than two million passengers at airports despite the high number of cases.
As of December 19, the average daily number of cases in the United States was 133,012, up 21 percent from the previous two weeks.
An average of 69,387 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 per day, an increase of 16 percent over the past two weeks.
Deaths rose by 9 percent to 1,296 deaths per day.
The number of new cases of the Omicron variant has reached 1,079 — a 25 percent increase from the 858 cases confirmed Sunday morning.