Why did the 18-second video go so viral? Partly because someone on Twitter, not the person who actually recorded the video, added a caption suggesting that the man was on a no-fly list because he was part of the uprising in the US Capitol.
“People who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday are now learning they are on the no-fly lists pending a full investigation. They are not happy about that,” said a high-frequency spokesman walking on the @RayRedacted handle.
Facts in the first place: The Twitter caption was inaccurate: The airport incident was not about the Capitol uprising. Rather, the man in the video was asked to get off a flight from Charlotte to Denver because he refused to comply with American Airlines̵
7; mandatory mask policy, airline spokesman Curtis Blessing told CNN.
“On Friday, January 8, a client was asked to reschedule Flight 1754 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) because he refused to comply with our mandatory cover policy. The client complied with the request for a plane and the flight left at 7:42:00 PM EST for Denver International Airport (DEN), “Blessing said in an email.
Following the mask incident, Blessing said, the man was on American Airlines’ own cancellation list, essentially a flight ban list specific to the airline, pending further investigation. But there is no reason to believe that he was ever on a government flight ban list – in which case it would be very unlikely that he would be able to board a plane at all – or be banned from flying for any reason related to the uprising. of the Capitol.
The video was originally posted on the social media app TikTok by Tania Domínguez, who told CNN she was at Charlotte airport waiting for a different flight. Her own caption reads, “Homeboy had a complete breakup at the toddler level before he was told to wear a mask.” (She later said in TikTok’s comment thread attached to her video that she wasn’t sure the incident was for masks. But her initial instinct turned out to be true.)
The video shows the man walking in the terminal with his face covering his chin, not his nose and mouth. He sounds emotional as he shouts about being kicked off a plane and allegedly being the victim of unnamed people he claims want to ruin his life.
CNN could not contact the man, whose name was not made public.
After CNN announced on Twitter on Tuesday that the @RayRedacted tweet incorrectly suggested that the incident was about the Capitol uprising, @RayRedacted posted a correction message on Twitter and said, “I was initially given incorrect information.” At 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday, the corrective tweet had 20 retweets – against more than 107,000 retweets of the inaccurate initial tweet that remained online.
Not the only one
This video from Charlotte was not the only video from the airport that went viral with fake captions after the Capitol uprising. Videos of an incident involving an arrest at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, for example, have been widely circulated with labels claiming they are also linked to the uprising and the “#NoFlyList” – but as the Tampa Bay Times points out, the videos they were actually filmed two months ago.
Democrats in Congress, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have called for participants in the Capitol uprising to be included on the government’s no-fly list. But it is not clear what action, if any, is being taken. The office of Homeland Security Speaker Benny Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who last week asked the FBI and the Transportation Security Administration to add all identified Capitol rebels to the federal flight ban list, said Monday that it had not received an update. whether the agencies have done so.
The TSA said in a statement Monday that it was “on high alert” after the Capitol incident and “passengers will notice additional law enforcement and a dog presence at the three airports in the Washington, DC area.”
Pete Mantine of CNN contributed to this article.