Delta CEO Says Passengers Without Masks Will Not Be Removed

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Delta CEO Says Passengers Without Masks Will Not Be Removed

In early May, Delta Air Lines announced that all employees and passengers must wear face coverings at airports and on board flights to prevent the spread of Covid-19. But without a mandate from the federal government, enforcing these policies has been difficult. Some passengers have already tested airlines.

Delta chief executive officer Ed Bastian said said on an Axios on HBO interview Monday that Delta’s flight crews will not forcibly remove customers who refuse to wear masks on planes.

“If you take your mask off, no, we will not forcibly remove you from the plane. If the government were to mandate it, I think that would help, because if the government mandated it, then you could enforce it, Bastian said.

Airlines have been tasked to create their own guidelines and also enforce them, without government-mandated regulations. So we are bound to see more confrontations between flight attendants and passengers who refuse to wear masks.

“They have left it to the airlines to make those decisions,” Bastian said.

HT: Biz Journals

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  1. Maybe the Karens of the world will continue to sit at home knowing they cannot force everyone around them to wear masks. This makes me happy as travel has been so nice without them. I’ve had several trips thus far during the lockdown and another starting tomorrow. Great times on the airplanes right now!

    • Leaving it up to passengers is inviting chaos. That’s why they keep arguing with each other and fighting. No adults left in the room, everyone acts like a baby, whining about mask or no mask.

  2. I disagree. Airlines have a ton of rules that DOT or the FAA doesn’t mandate. Will Delta allow people on the plane who are shirtless? I won’t fly because of this.


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