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This Delta flight returned to its gate and removed a passenger who refused to wear a mask

Delta removed a passenger who refused to wear a face mask.

A empty street is seen at the Los Angeles International Airport Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. From Britain’s EasyJet to American and Delta in the U.S., airlines are cutting even more jobs to cope with a crushing drop in air travel caused by the coronavirus.
A empty street is seen at the Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Los Angeles.
Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press

Delta Air Lines brought a flight back to its gate and removed a passenger who refused to wear a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic, Deadline Detroit reports.

  • The flight was heading from Detroit to Los Angeles.
  • Delta confirmed the incident.
  • “The customer was removed from the plane and the flight departed without incident. Delta requires masks on every flight for the safety of our customers and crew.” — spokeswoman Kristin Seay.

According to Newsweek, no more details about the flight have been reported so far. One report about the flight went viral on Twitter:

Does Delta ban people from flights?

Delta Air Lines has banned more than 270 people from its flights for refusing to wear face masks or coverings while they’re on flights, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

The current policy calls on people to wear face masks during their flights except for when they’re eating or drinking.

  • “The use of face masks remains a top priority for reducing the spread of the virus. That’s why masks are required for employees and our customers,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian told employees Thursday in an internal memo, per CBS News. “To date, we’ve added 270 passengers to our no-fly list for refusing to comply with that requirement on our planes.”