WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Delta Airlines has a rule that all passengers should wear masks on their flights.
- Refusing to wear a mask could mean getting banned on future Delta flights.
- If you have a medical condition, you would have to be medically cleared at the airport.
In the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are currently 4.6 million cases of the coronavirus and 154,000 people have already died. The agency has repeatedly reminded people to wear masks to help in preventing the coronavirus from spreading. And there are still those who refuse to wear it.
Major airlines have varied policies and regulations on the wearing of masks like allowing children and those with medical conditions not to wear masks or be put in the restricted travel list if you refuse to wear one.
From Delta’s website, “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 from the CDC.”
Delta CEO Ed Bastian even said, “You cannot board a Delta plane unless you have a mask on. If you board the plane and you insist on not wearing your mask, we will insist that you don’t fly Delta into the future.”
A day after Bastian said it, two passengers dared defy the pronouncement and forced Delta flight to turn around.
A Delta spokesperson in an email statement said that the plane “returned to the gate following two customers who were non-compliant with crew instructions.” And then added that “after a short delay” it flew to its original destination in Atlanta. The spokesperson did not however talk on whether the two have been banned from future Delta flights.
Delta had already banned more than 100 people who refuse to wear masks.
Delta previously allowed people with medical conditions not to wear a mask provided that they must be medically cleared at the airport or they can take another mode of transportation.
Bastian said, “We implemented a new procedure this week because we’ve had some customers indicate that they have an underlying condition that makes wearing a mask dangerous for them. “We’ve told them that you may not want to fly, to reconsider whether air travel is the right form of transportation.”