London-Bound American Airlines Flight Returned To MIA After Couple Refused To Wear Masks

An American Airlines London-bound flight from Miami was forced to turn around Wednesday night after a couple refused to wear their masks.

Flight 38 was about an hour and a half into its flight to Heathrow Airport when it circled back and returned to Miami International Airport.

Publicly, American Airlines is only saying the flight returned “…due to a disruptive customer refusing to comply with the federal mask requirement.”

A source told CBS4 News the couple was suspected of being intoxicated, which does not come as a surprise to CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg.

“As long as they are not counting the number of people getting on planes already drunk, because so many of these cases involve alcohol consumption prior to boarding the plane – if they don’t address that this could be the new normal for the rest of the year,” said Greenberg.

CBS4’s source says that among the couple one person was more of the problem.

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