A Canadian professor has been branded a petty tattle-tale on social media after taking to Twitter to shame a flight attendant for not wearing amask.
Amir Attaran, a professor of law and epidemiology at the University of Ottawa, complained that his United flight attendant was breaking the law which requires masking on flights out of Canada on a recent trip to Chicago.
‘Hey United, why are you breaking the law? Masks are required on all flights out of Canada. Your flight attendant isn’t wearing one! This is UA3737 in Ottawa right now,’ he tweeted.
He later said that when his flight landed in Chicago, he spoke to the flight attendant who claimed they had been misinformed about the law and attacked United again, begging them to follow the law.
Passengers and crew are no longer forced to wear masks on planes entering and leaving US airspace.
United sent Attaran – who is often seen going to the extent of wearing an outlandish P100 mask in public – a response, saying: ‘Hi Amir, thanks for bringing this to our attention. We’ve informed the appropriate teams for further review.’
Amir Attaran, a professor of law and epidemiology at the University of Ottawa, complained that his flight attendant was breaking the law which requires masking on flights out of Canada
Attaran is often seen going to the extent of wearing an outlandish P100 mask in public
However, the rest of Twitter was not so kind, slamming Attaran for what they felt was publicly shaming someone and in some cases, doing so to a person not following a rule they felt was unjust in the first place.
Daniela Jampal, who was at the forefront of the movement to end New York City’s mask mandate for toddlers, immediately jumped on Attaran’s complaints.
‘Please do not use your social media platform to shame service workers who have worn a mask 8+ hrs a day for 5+ days a week for the past two years,’ she tweeted.
Another social media user chimed in further: ‘You the type of fella to remind the teacher she forgot to assign homework.’
The complaint even made it to officials in government, as Governor Ron DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw had a whack at Attaran.
‘Leave her alone. This is beyond creepy. A professor taking photos of a young worker to shame her. Maybe don’t fly if you can’t handle seeing someone’s face.’
She also hit out at United Airlines for responding to Attaran’s gripe.
‘Seriously, United? You throw your employees under the bus like this in public and then wonder why you have to cancel so many flights due to staffing shortages??? She didn’t do anything wrong. This guy is a creep to post this.’
Even entertainment reporter Yashar Ali got in on the gang up: ‘Do you know what kind of hell flight attendants have been through during this pandemic? Dealing with harassment and bullying nonstop? And you post this poor woman’s photo and target her? And then admit later she didn’t even know?
Attaran, for his part, appeared to do a bit of pointing at the scoreboard during this deadly pandemic to further make his point.
‘Lots of mad Republican #MAGA Yankees want to “ratio” me for advocating Canada’s COVID laws. Okay, let’s do it! The COVID death rate stands at: Canada – 1,097 per million; USA – 3,044 per million. THERE’S YOUR RATIO YANKS!’
Attaran was born and raised in California and holds dual citizenship between the United States and Canada.
Canadian law does, in fact, require all personnel on flights out of the country to be masked up, while American airlines have been allowed to unmask.