A British anti-masker who thinks Covid-19 is a “hoax” has sparked a furious row after posting a selfie of her and two pals not wearing face coverings on a plane.
Mum Charisse Burchett, from Bath, Somerset, boasted they had “a 10 Brit maskless stand off at Berlin airport” where the “police and authorities could not make us wear masks”.
As she was branded an “embarrassment to the UK” and abused by Twitter users, Charisse claimed she and the other women seen smiling in the picture are medically exempt from wearing face coverings.
In offensive tweets that followed, the anti-vaxxer claimed they were “surrounded by Nazi German police and airport officials” who were “intimidating”, and referred to officers as the Gestapo, the brutal secret police of Nazi Germany who had a major role in the Holocaust.
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The anti-lockdown protester has previously tweeted that “there is no killer virus” and she told Mirror Online that “this pandemic is a hoax”.
She refused to explain what makes her medically exempt from wearing a face mask, adding: “That’s personal information which I do not want shared with the nation.”
Charisse has denied claims that the women began “coughing as a joke” on the British Airways flight and behaved “like spoilt brats”.
She posted a selfie on Twitter after the women apparently won a “stand off” with police and staff at an airport in Berlin.
She wrote: “We had a 10 Brit maskless stand off at Berlin airport.
“Police and authorities could not make us wear masks.
“Our last protest on German soil. I love this cheeky photo.”
She later tweeted: “It was a standoff and I have a film to prove it. The Nazi police and airport officials were incredibly intimidating.
“You need to think about where this is heading and it’s not good.”
A person who claimed they were on the same flight alleges the group of Britons began “coughing as a joke” after boarding the plane and behaved “like spoilt brats”, MailOnline reports.
The person, who wasn’t named, added: “They were universally condemned by all other passengers in the airport.
“The German police and security acted professionally at all times (at he airport) trying to find out why they wouldn’t wear their masks.
“The police only arrived when they were getting irate with the airport staff who wanted to see their doctors note for the ‘medical exemption’ which is the rule in Germany.”
The British women were permitted to board the BA flight.
The airline requires all passengers to wear a mask unless they meet the Government’s exemption requirements.
In response to the latest claims, Charisse tweeted that the women “were very well behaved on our flight” and “we didn’t begin coughing”.
In a Facebook post, she wrote: “I may have coughed at some point during the flight. I may have made a comment about having to be paranoid about coughing anywhere in these paranoid times.”
She claimed the group was stopped by police in the terminal and officers “did not accept out medical exemptions”, and her friend was “searched because she wasn’t wearing a mask”.
Charisse claimed police surrounded the trio and other Britons who weren’t wearing masks in the departure lounge, and they were “left alone” after a BA staff member “checked our exemptions and said it was all fine”.
In a series of direct messages on Twitter, she told Mirror Online: “I have since received an incredible amount of hate and trolling.
“Which is unfair as we had medical exemptions which were cleared and OK’d by the airline.
“What was a simple picture has been used to bully me.
“I stand against this covid rubbish and for the truth.”
She said she travelled to Germany to see Dr Heiko Schoening, who was arrested at an anti-mask rally at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park in central London “for telling the truth that this pandemic is a hoax”.
A British Airways spokesperson said: “All customers and British Airways staff members are required to wear a mask throughout their journey, unless they meet the Government’s exemption requirements, as stated on ba.com.
“This is to ensure the wellbeing of their fellow travellers and the airline’s staff members.”
The flight’s operating crew confirmed that a “small group” of customers were exempt from wearing face masks on the flight and presented supporting documentation.
Charisse’s selfie and initial tweets about Berlin police and airport officials sparked a backlash from Twitter users, and she has hit back at those criticising and abusing her.
A Twitter user named Julie Hendry wrote: “Masks don’t protect the wearer – they protect those around the wearer.
“How on earth can people still be this illiterate about how masks work? People like you cause mask wearers to get sick because of your selfishness and ignorance.”
Louise Westlake tweeted: “Medical exemption, my a***. And all your friends have medical exemptions too?
“You are an embarrassment to the UK. Germany should ban you from ever darkening their doorstep again. Pathetic.”
Charise, who attended a recent anti-lockdown protest in central London, was backed by some Twitter users, including Cazi B, who wrote: “Way to go. Well done.”
The Briton told her Twitter followers the women were in Germany to support doctors “speaking up against the lies being told to you”.
Posts on her Twitter page mock mask wearers and express opposition to vaccines.
On September 15 a reply to a tweet from Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated: “Can you top terrorising the people. Of the UK now. We have all had enough.
“There is no killer virus just a tyrannical government. We do not consent to this tyranny and insanity you have dreamt up.”