After being notified of the strange behavior, the captain announced our return to the gate. As police escorted the previously silent man from the plane, I heard him say, "What's the big deal?"
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Before takeoff, one of the flight attendants asked the man to stow his tray table. He failed to answer, choosing instead to stare blankly ahead. When asked again and again if he was OK, the passenger failed to reply, failed to stow his tray table or to acknowledge me or any of the flight attendants who took turns trying to elicit a response. We became concerned about his fitness to fly; refusing to respond to crew instructions can result in a passenger being removed from the airplane.
Banished passengers often argue that refusing to wear a face covering is not against the law.