As airports and airlines around the world institute mandatory face mask policies, some passengers are getting inventive in an effort to comply. Photos shared on the internet show people improvising with plastic water bottle face shields, large cabbage leaves, bras and birthday party hats.
One Spirit Airlines passenger took it to a whole other level, deciding that wearing a women's pair of underwear might do the trick and pass as a suitable covering against COVID-19.
But that didn't fly with Spirit Airlines.
The carrier is now investigating the incident, which took place recently during a flight out of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
A Spirit Airlines spokesperson did not know if the man slipped on the panties before or after boarding and issued this statement:
"We are aware of that inappropriate face covering, and as a result we have taken action internally on this isolated event to ensure compliance with CDC guidance on face coverings. Spirit’s requirement for wearing face coverings went into effect on May 11, and we include reminders in our communications to Guests, which include emails, call centers, website, social media channels, in preflight announcements and more."
Twitter users reacted to the bizarre news, with one conceding that, "It was only a matter of time really."
“We almost daily reach another level of stupid in this country," wrote another Twitter user, while someone else advised, "Please don't do this."
"It's getting weirder out there," concluded another.
Yup, it sure is.
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.