MELBOURNE, Fla. – A Melbourne Orlando International Airport traveler was arrested on New Year’s Day after refusing to wear a mask, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Police said Daniel Chase, 63, was standing at an Avis rental counter when he was issued a mask and informed of the federal mask requirement for those traveling in an airport.
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According to the affidavit, Chase refused to put the mask on and, when confronted by an officer, launched into a tirade about how masks don’t work.
Police said Chase continued to scream expletives at the officer, even after Chase eventually put on the mask, causing a scene in the airport.
The affidavit shows Chase was accused of trespassing and was asked to leave, to which he replied, “After I rent my car.”
Chase faces disorderly conduct and trespassing charges and is being held in Brevard County jail.