Katrina Alspaugh: Anti-masker yells 'Let’s Go Brandon' after getting kicked off Allegiant Air flight

Earlier, Alspaugh attempted to punch another passenger who pointed out that she was not wearing her mask


                            Katrina Alspaugh: Anti-masker yells 'Let’s Go Brandon' after getting kicked off Allegiant Air flight
Katrina Alspaugh of Las Vegas faces one charge of violating airport rules following the incident (Clark County Detention Center)

A woman was arrested at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after a disturbance on the plane. Katrina Alspaugh, of Las Vegas, faces one charge of violating airport rules following the incident Sunday, November 22, according to an arrest report.

After the police received reports of a woman refusing to wear her mask onboard an Allegiant Air flight, they arrived at Terminal 1 and identified the woman as Alspaugh, who had been involved in a prior incident at the security checkpoint. During that incident, Alspaugh reportedly attempted to punch another passenger who pointed out Alspaugh was not wearing her mask. Since the other passenger refused to press charges, Alspaugh was allowed to board her flight. According to an order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on January 29, air travelers are required to wear masks to prevent the spread of Covid-19, unless the individual is subject to an exemption.

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When officers arrived at the Allegiant flight gate, Alspaugh was standing on the jet bridge. An airline representative had removed her from the flight and issued her a trespass notice from the company.  As Alspaugh was being taken off the jet bridge in a wheelchair, she yelled obscenities and “Let’s go Brandon.” According to the officers, this only added to the disturbance as they arrested her. Alspaugh was later booked at the Clark County Detention Center.

An Allegiant Air jet carrying members of the New Orleans Fire Department comes in for a landing at McCarran International Airport on September 6, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Why did 'Let's Go Brnadon' become viral?

The phrase “Let’s go Brandon!” went viral after NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast disingenuously claimed on camera that the crowd at a NASCAR race was yelling “Let’s go, Brandon!” when they were actually chanting “F**k Joe Biden!” After the video footage of the chant was analyzed later, her claims were disproved and the phrase has ever since become synonymous with anti-Biden boos. 

After the phrase went viral, Christian rapper Bryson Gray adopted it into a song called 'Let’s Go, Brandon,' that went to number one on Apple iTunes, and only presently has been bumped off the top spot of the music charts by singer Adele. The self-proclaimed “most censored rapper in America” has been criticized over the song as it's a rhetoric on the pandemic response, President Joe Biden, and the botched Afghanistan withdrawal. 

Earlier this month, Trump addressed the phrase while at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Trump criticized Joe Biden and his time as president during an event for the America First Policy Institute. After chants of "let's go Brandon" he said: "I still like the first phrase better, somehow more accurate."

Similar other incidents

In another incident this week at the Sky Harbor International Airport in Nevada, a woman draped in a Trump flag confronted a woman with her phone out. The incident, which was caught in a TikTok video, has gone viral. In the video, security was seen confronting the woman, telling her that she did not have the right to knock people's phones out of their hands.

Phoenix Police confirmed the incident to Newsweek, but added that the woman was not arrested after being detained. They said: "On November 21, 2021 at about 8:30 am, Phoenix Police officers assigned to the Sky Harbor International Airport responded to a call near Terminal 3 regarding a disturbance. They observed a female yelling, while another female was recording her. The female then slapped the phone out of the hand of the victim. The woman was detained by police. The victim did not wish to press charges, so the incident was documented and no arrest was made."

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