Chris Kattan got kicked off a flight for refusing to pull up his mask


Former SNL alum and comedian Chris Kattan was kicked off an American Airlines flight for not complying with their mask requirements. Apparently, Chris boarded a flight headed for Los Angeles in Dallas. But Chris was stumbling and seemed to be sick with visible mucus hanging from his nose. (Aack!) When passengers alerted the flight attendants, they brought Chris some paper towels and told him to get a mask on ASAP. He did but wore it with his nose hanging out. The AA staff said that wasn’t good enough and if he didn’t correct the situation, he was off the flight. Instead of simply sticking his nose in the mask, Chris begged them not to kick him off the plane, which they did, because he wasn’t following the mandates.

Former Saturday Night Live cast member and A Night at the Roxbury star Chris Kattan was ordered to get off an American Airlines flight Monday for refusing to properly wear his mask, TMZ reports.

Kattan was aboard a flight headed back to Los Angeles out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when he allegedly exhibited behavior that alarmed his fellow passengers. Witnesses claim Kattan was stumbling around, and appeared to be sick with mucus hanging from his nose. Flight attendants brought him paper towels after being alerted by passengers of his appearance, but also asked that he put on a mask since he wasn’t wearing one at the time.

American Airlines abides by U.S. federal law which requires that all passengers wear a face covering while on board their planes. Refusal to do so could result in either being denied boarding or future travel with the airline.

Kattan allegedly put on the mask, but kept it below his nose. After failing to comply with multiple requests from flight attendants to wear his face covering properly, he was asked to get off the flight. Kattan pleaded that he not be removed, but attendants threatened to call the cops if didn’t deplane, so he got up and left.

[From Complex via DListed]

Samuel Joshua Smith, Chris’ lawyer, said it was all a big misunderstanding, Chris was having an allergic reaction to supplements. A what now?

We strongly deny that Mr. Kattan would ever refuse to wear a mask. Mr. Kattan is fully vaccinated and unequivocally supports CDC guidelines. This past Monday Mr. Kattan was returning to Los Angeles from a successful tour of comedy shows. Unfortunately, Mr. Kattan suffered a strong allergic reaction to supplements he has been taking to treat lingering neck pain from his injury on SNL. This reaction affected his balance and psychological state. The effects also caused him to have trouble breathing.

However, there are a few things about the story that might suggest the weird supplement theory has some legs. Or this is just a good old fashioned drunk airport story is at play? Something was weird about Chris’ behavior from the stumbling and the visible signs of illness or allergies (please don’t make me write it out again). If he was going to make a mask statement, why beg not to be removed from the plane? Just wear it and complain the whole flight like most a-holes? In fact, Chris didn’t object to putting a mask on at all, he sounded more confused than anything. And the last point is one that Emily at DListed pointed out: Chris has posted himself wearing a mask repeatedly. He even made a picture of himself in a mask his Twitter header. He’s not an anti-masker. I don’t know if I buy the supplement allergy, but I do think it’s a substance issue over a political statement.

That said, AA was right to take him off the flight. Whatever the issue was, rules are rules and enclosed spaces must be monitored. If Chris wants to stick with his supplement allergy story, fine. But he should still issue an apology, say AA did what they had to for the health of their passengers and that he fully supports the mask mandate on flights. And I hope his neck is feeling better. Neck pain is a b*tch.




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  1. Seraphina says:

    If the policy is in place than follow policy or don’t fly or frequent an establishment.
    On a side note, I never liked this guy. No matter what part he plays I always feel like something about him makes me want to shower – and not in a good way.

  2. Rapunzel says:

    If his nose was so congested it explains why he was reluctant to mask…he might have feel unable to breathe. But if you are sick like that…stay home.

    • Seraphina says:

      Correct, and since COVID symptoms mirror allergy, cold and fly symptom, he should stay home because Lord only knows what he may have.

    • iconoclast59 says:

      He was in a miserable situation. They said his nose was really runny; if he had kept the mask over his nose for the entire 3+ hour flight, that mask would’ve been disgusting before the first hour was up. And maybe he didn’t have any spares? Would the airline have been able to supply him with a new mask in that case?

  3. Tiffany says:

    I recently took a flight and the attendants are lenient until you get too lenient. They are firm without being militant.

    Basically, if they ask you once, you better listen.

  4. ME says:

    Why didn’t they get him medical treatment? If the story holds true, they should have called in medical personnel. It seems he’s not an anti-masker and he is fully vaccinated, so he’s not a covidiot. I can’t stand seeing people wear their mask below their nose…so stupid.

  5. Eurydice says:

    I guess I don’t understand what kind of “supplements” one takes for neck pain and why he had a severe allergic attack to the supplements now, instead of all the other times he took them.

  6. girl_ninja says:

    What is up with all these former SNL cast members being such jerks? So loud and proud of their ignorance.

  7. Lunasf17 says:

    No part of his story makes sense so I’m guessing substance issues. I hope he takes better care of himself but do year people honestly think we’re gonna buy that “supplements” make you act like this?!

  8. 2lazy4username says:

    I was recently on an AA flight to Dallas and the woman next to us, and her friends around us, all refused to mask up. The woman was hacking up a lung the whole way. The flight attendants did not enforce anything, despite walking by several times and clearly seeing they weren’t wearing masks, and seeing an hearing the constant coughing. I finally had to say something to the flight attendants, threatening a passenger-on-passenger “situation” if they didn’t enforce the mandate, and they came by and weakly asked the women to mask up. They did, but not without a fight, and the second the flight attendant was out of sight, the masks were off.

  9. lucy2 says:

    Whatever all the details are don’t really matter – if the rule is you have to properly wear a mask on the plane, you wear a mask on the plane, or you don’t fly.

  10. Wiglet Watcher says:

    I’ve had allergies that make you appear drunk. There is a science side as to why. So, I buy the explanation to his appearance and behavior, but not to begging to stay on.
    He was asked to put on a mask correctly and when he didn’t he was asked to leave. End of discussion. Good for AA.

    And yes I agree with everyone saying he’s creepy. Too many stories out there about him, but he’s never been major since SNL so nothing gets legs.

  11. North of Boston says:

    Whatever the reason, if you are in a state (of mind, of physical condition, of having a reaction to medications prescribed or unprescribed) that renders you incapable of understanding or complying with basic public health guidelines and flight attendant safety instructions while on an commercial airline flight, you should not be on a commercial airline flight.

    So sorry, dude, if you were having a bad day but needed to get somewhere, but your bad day or desire to travel doesn’t trump other people’s right to fly safely. (And if you’re having a reaction to medication, go get medical help instead of trying to board a commercial flight)