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Delta turned around an entire flight because people refused to wear face masks

A Delta flight headed from Atlanta turned around because of face mask issues

In this July 6, 2018 photo, travelers check in for flights at the Delta Air Lines check-in counters at Beijing Capital International Airport. Chinese regulators said Thursday, June 4, 2020, that more foreign airlines will be allowed to fly to China as anti-coronavirus controls ease but it was unclear whether the change will defuse a fresh conflict with the Trump administration over air travel.
In this July 6, 2018, photo, travelers check in for flights at the Delta Air Lines check-in counters at Beijing Capital International Airport.
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A Delta Air Lines flight turned around because multiple passengers refused to wear face masks on board.

What’s going on?

  • Two passengers refused to wear face masks on a recent Delta flight from Detroit to Atlanta, per WXYZ.
  • Per MLive.com, the flight returned to Detroit Metro Airport because the passengers declined to wear masks.
  • The flight left Detroit and landed in Atlanta after a short delay.
  • Delta told MLive.com that the passengers “were noncompliant with crew instructions.”

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Delta currently requires its passengers to wear face masks while on board the flight, except for when they’re eating a meal, as I wrote about for Deseret.com. Guests can receive permission to take off their masks if they have a specific medical condition. But they must complete a prescreening process to receive clearance.

“Anyone who is caught falsely claiming to be medically unable to wear a mask may be banned from flying on the airline in the future,” according to MLive.com.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said: “We take the requirement to wear a mask very seriously. Customers who choose not to comply with this or any other safety requirement risk losing their future flight privileges with Delta. So far, there have thankfully only been a handful of cases, but we have already banned some passengers from future travel on Delta for refusing to wear masks on board.”