A Delta Air Lines flight returned to the gate last week after two travelers refused to wear masks or face coatings, an airline spokesman confirmed to The Hill.
Flight 1227 was expected to travel from Detroit to Atlanta on July 23, Delta spokeswoman Emma Kate Protis said, and after the delay the plane left for its destination.
The two passengers who refused to wear a mask or jacket were removed from the flight.
Delta said on its website that “customers and employees are required to wear a face mask or adequate fabric covering the nose and mouth during the trip, in line with the best practice guidelines of (Control Centers and disease prevention) “.
Delta also blocked seats among customers on flights and reduced the number of passengers allowed on flights to ensure distance in the midst of the ongoing pandemic.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian said last week that over 100 people were added to the airline’s non-flight list because they refused to wear a mask on a flight.
“We have steadily and rather aggressively intensified our application of mask politics. You cannot board a Delta plane unless you have a mask. If you board the plane and insist on not wearing the mask, we will insist that you do not fly Delta in the future. We already have over 100 people we have put on that list ” Bastian told NBC.