(The Post Millennial) – Las Vegas Metro police arrested a woman at McCarran International Airport last weekend after she refused to wear a mask onboard an Allegiant Air flight.
Katrina Alspaugh, of Las Vegas, faces one charge of violating airport rules following the incident last Sunday, according to an arrest report.
Alspaugh was heard shouting “Let’s Go Brandon,” along with “obscenities” as she was wheeled off the jet bridge in a wheelchair, KTVX reported.
Officers arrived at the gate in Terminal 1 after a disturbance report. Alspaugh was then taken into police custody and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
According to the local outlet, the woman was involved in a prior incident at the security checkpoint, in which she “attempted to punch another passenger that pointed out Alspaugh was not wearing her mask, police said.” The other passenger refused to press charges and Alspaugh proceeded to board her flight.
When officers arrived at the flight gate, Alspaugh was standing on the jet bridge. An airline representative had removed Alspaugh from the flight and issued a trespass notice from the company, according to KTVX’s report.
US passengers on public transportation, including air travel, are required to wear a mask at all times except when actively eating or drinking, per federal law.
Democratic lawmakers have issued a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland pressing for the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute unruly, disruptive airplane passengers. A large percentage of the reports cited this year to the Federal Aviation Administration were related to mask wearing.