Delta Air Lines has banned hundreds of passengers who refused to wear face masks on flights during the coronavirus pandemic.

What’s going on?

Delta said Thursday that it has added 270 people to its no-fly list for refusing to wear a face mask or covering while aboard the flight, CBS News reports.

Delta’s currently policy requires passengers to wear a face mask or covering on a flight. Exceptions exist for when passengers are eating,

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  • “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.”

Delta said it has also tested 40,000 of its employees so far, too.

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What’s been going on:

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Delta has made it a firm point to make people wear face masks. As I wrote back in July, Delta turned an entire flight around because people refused to wear masks onboard.

  • Delta Air Lines’ 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.”
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