No mask, no fly.
Nearly 550 people have been banned from taking future flights on Delta Airlines after they refused to wear facial coverings on board, according to the company’s CEO, reported Fox News.
“Fortunately, that number represents a tiny fraction of our overall customers, the vast majority of whom follow our guidelines and appreciate the steps we are taking to keep them safe and healthy,” CEO Ed Bastian said in a memo obtained by the outlet.
The airline has added almost a 100 more passengers to their “no-fly” list since they revealed 460 anti-maskers had been banned last month. In July, Delta disclosed they had banned over 100 passengers after instituting the mask policy.
Delta has required passengers to wear a face mask or covering since May 1.
“Delta customers and employees are required to wear a face mask, or appropriate cloth face covering over their nose and mouth throughout their travel,” reads the policy description on the airline’s website.
“Plastic face shields may be used in addition to a mask but are not approved mask replacements. Any mask with an exhaust valve is not approved as an acceptable face mask for customers traveling on any Delta operated flight.”
In addition to wearing one while on board the aircraft, masks are required at check-in, inside Delta Sky Clubs, gates and on the jet bridges.
To further promote safety on board their aircrafts, Delta will continue to block middle seats on all flights through January 6th, 2021. Most other major U.S. airlines have gone back to allowing every seat to be reserved.
Last month, a passenger who was wearing her face mask incorrectly was kicked off the airplane after allegedly striking a flight attendant in the face.
In a statement, Delta shared that the passenger was allegedly kicked off the plane for not following safety regulations.