Revealed: Delta Air Lines banned more than 400 passengers for ‘refusing to comply’ with its face mask mandate
- Delta Air Lines banned 460 anti-mask pilots who violated mandatory policy
- That number was just under 300 people in August
- All major airlines mandated face cover as industry struggled to regain revenues comparable to pre-pandemic numbers
- In June, Delta and other airlines announced that non-compliant passengers could be banned from future flights
- Delta Air Lines demanded that all passengers who cannot wear a face mask due to health problems undergo a medical screening in July
- Footage of airline clashes over face masks has broken out online
According to a memo, more than 400 travelers will no longer fly with Delta Air Lines after being banned for disregarding the strict face mask policy.
In just five months, the no-fly list for The World’s Most Trusted Airline has risen by hundreds, as wary travelers slowly return to the skies.
“ As of this week, we’ve added 460 people to our no-fly list because they refused to meet our mask requirement, ” Delta CEO Ed Bastian told employees: CNN reports.
More than 400 passengers have been banned from Delta Air Lines for refusing to adhere to its face mask mandate
Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines (photo): ‘We remind them several times during the preparation for takeoff to wear that mask. But if they insist not to wear it – we insist they won’t be traveling with Delta today ‘
It comes after Delta implemented its face-covering mandate on May 4, when just over 1.1 million Americans were infected and 68,000 died. As of Sunday, that number has skyrocketed to 8.7 million cases and a death toll of 224,900.
All major airlines have implemented face mask mandates, but a federal one has never been ordered by the Trump administration.
In August, Delta Airlines announced that it has banned approximately 270 passengers since the start of the pandemic.
‘You can’t get on a plane without wearing your mask. But we do have some customers who don’t want to wear their masks during the flight, ” Bastian told CNN Business at the time.
“We remind them several times to keep that mask on while preparing for takeoff. But if they insist not to wear it, then we insist that they won’t be traveling with Delta today. ‘
Travelers wearing protective masks are waiting to board a flight at Delta Air Lines Terminal A on opening day of the Salt Lake City International Airport in Salt Lake City, Utah
A traveler walks through a terminal like a Delta flight taxi on the tarmac behind Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia
But airlines have not shared their ‘no-fly’ lists, meaning it is possible that a passenger will be banned from Sprit Airlines and still book flights with United Airlines.
The airline industry was devastated in March when lockdown restrictions were imposed and potential passengers avoided unnecessary travel.
Founded in Macon, Georgia, in 1925, Delta Air Lines got off to a strong start to the new year in January with $ 62.03 a share on January 17. That price dropped to a low of $ 19.38 on May 14.
Since then, Delta has managed to gain some traction as Americans are gradually flying more, but it’s well below what the company normally saw.
Cell phone images of face mask confrontations on planes have become commonplace on social media.
Recently, an unidentified passenger caused a commotion when she refused to wear a face cover and hit a flight attendant.
Pictured: A look at Delta Air Lines stock market in the summer of last year reveals damaging effects of the COVID-19 pandemic
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