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Here’s how many airline passengers have been banned for not wearing face masks

Multiple airlines have banned passengers because they refused to wear face masks.

In this Wednesday, July 15, 2020, file photo, people arrive at the drop-off area of Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Airlines are trying to convince a frightened public that measures like mandatory face masks and hospital-grade air filters make sitting in a plane safer than many other indoor settings during the coronavirus pandemic, but it isn’t working.
People arrive at the drop-off area of Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Airlines are trying to convince a frightened public that measures like mandatory face masks and hospital-grade air filters make sitting in a plane safer than many other indoor settings during the coronavirus pandemic, but it isn’t working.
Frank Franklin II, Associated Press

More than 700 people have been banned from flights for not wearing face coverings or face masks due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Los Angeles Times reports.

  • Delta has banned 270 passengers total, making it the strictest of the bunch.

Here’s a breakdown of the airlines included in the reports:

  • United Airlines — 150.
  • Spirit Airlines — 128.
  • Frontier Airlines — 106.
  • Hawaiian Airlines — 6.
  • Alaska Airlines — 78, plus 92 warnings or “yellow cards” to passengers.
  • American Airlines and Southwest Airlines did not reveal their numbers.

Delta has been a front-runner in face mask requirement policies, as I wrote about for Deseret.com.

  • “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.”