Cops: Pilot Brawled With Flight Attendant Over Masks

USA Today reports:

A Southwest Airlines pilot was cited for alleged assault and battery after a mask dispute with a flight attendant at a California hotel amid pandemic political discord at the nation’s largest domestic carrier. The incident happened Oct. 18 at a hotel bar in San Jose, California, where the crew spent the night after a flight, according to police records and company and union officials.

The case has been referred to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for review and possible charges, according to Sgt. Christian Camarillo, public information officer for the San Jose Police Department. “The event involved a disagreement over mask wearing or masks,” Camarillo said, declining to provide more details. Southwest placed the pilot on leave while the matter is investigated.

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