Delta Air Lines has placed nearly 250 people on a “no-fly list” for failing to comply with its mandatory mask policy, CEO Ed Bastian said in a memoed statement to employees, Fox News reported.
“Although rare, we continue to put passengers who refuse to follow the required face-covering rules on our no-fly list,” Bastian said in the memo, which highlighted the airline’s new hub facility in Salt Lake City.
There is currently no federal mandate on masks in airports or on airplanes, which allows each airline to implement its own regulations for passengers flying with them.
Delta customers and employees are required to wear a face mask or appropriate cloth face covering over their nose and mouth throughout their travel, aligning with best practice guidelines form the CDC, according to the company’s website.
“As we all work toward the recovery, it’s vital that we continue to stay focused on the drive to provide the safest, cleanest airports, aircraft, and workspaces possible,” Bastian said.
In early August, Delta made headlines after a plane headed to Atlanta circled back to its gate in Detroit, delaying takeoff. The crew was returning to discard two passengers who had been unwilling to wear masks.
It’s not just Delta. All major U.S. airlines now require passengers to wear masks. With the exception of children under age 2, and slightly older children who cannot maintain a face-covering, no one is exempt on Delta and other airlines according to NPR.