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Flight to Las Vegas diverted after passenger refuses to comply with mask policy

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Posted at 9:55 AM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 17:25:47-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A United Airlines flight to Las Vegas from Newark, New Jersey, was diverted after a passenger refused to comply with the airline's mask policy, according to a company representative.

United Flight 859 was diverted to Omaha early Tuesday and met by law enforcement.

The passenger was removed and the flight has re-departed for Las Vegas, the airline says.

According to its website United has a strict mask policy, saying:

For everyone's safety, all travelers are required to wear a face covering with no vents or openings that fully covers their nose and mouth. Face coverings must be worn during the entire flight, unless travelers are eating or drinking.

We’re also requiring travelers to wear face coverings in the airport, including at United customer service counters and kiosks, United Club locations, our gates and our baggage claim areas.

A face shield alone does not count as a face covering.

Travelers who aren't wearing their face coverings in the airport or on board may be refused transport and could also lose their travel privileges on future United flights. Children younger than 2 years old are exempt.