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Delta Air Lines Bans “Over 100 People” For Not Wearing Face Masks

Delta Air Lines Bans “Over 100 People” For Not Wearing Face Masks
Joe Cortez

Atlanta’s Delta Air Lines says they have barred over 100 flyers from boarding their aircraft, over non-compliance with their face mask policy. The airline was among the first to enforce face coverings on all flights, and recently introduced a new option for those claiming they could not wear a mask.

Delta Air Lines’ chief executive has a message for all flyers: If you can’t wear a mask, you can’t fly. The comments were made by CEO Ed Bastian on NBC’s The Today Show on July 22, 2020

“We already have over 100 people we’ve put on [The Banned] list”

According to Bastian, the airline is aggressively enforcing the face mask rules for the airline. To those ends, he claims Delta’s no-mask ban list currently has over 100 flyers.

“You cannot board a Delta plane unless you have a mask on,” Bastian said during the interview. “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.”

Delta was one of the early adopters of a face covering rule, which requires all flyers over two years old to wear a face mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19. And although the airline has adopted a “Clearance-to-Fly” protocol for those who claim they can’t wear a mask, the executive is urging them to stay home and not consider flying for the foreseeable future.

“We implemented a new procedure this week [Clearance-to-Fly] because we’ve had some customers indicate that they have underlying condition that makes wearing a mask dangerous for them,” Bastian told Today. “We’ve told them that you may not want to fly, to reconsider whether air travel is the right form of transportation.”

Although not everyone is a fan of mandatory face mask policies across all airlines, Bastian told Today that it has been a positive change for their airline. With middle seats blocked off and electrostatic fogging on all aircraft, the airline says travelers welcome the extra precautions. The CEO said the in-flight experience was “positive,” and that flyers are embracing the changes.

New Changes Come as Mask Rules Get Tighter

Bastian’s comments come as mask rules get tighter among airlines. American Airlines is instituting a policy where all flyers must wear a mask from the moment they enter their departure airport, to the moment they leave their arrival airport.

With Delta’s “Clearance-to-Fly” rules, passengers who are found filing a false claim about face masks can face suspension of flight privileges throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

View Comments (28)


  1. Mr.Peanut

    July 27, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    My understanding is that DL is working on getting approval to shrink wrap all passengers in cellophane to help mitigate the spread of the virus.

  2. rylan

    July 27, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Good, if pax refuse to wear a mask then they don’t need to fly.

  3. Orange County Commuter

    July 28, 2020 at 6:01 am

    Thanks Delta, The “anti-mask” crowd does not have the right to infect me with whatever they are giving away while pretending it’s their “right”.

  4. drvannostren

    July 28, 2020 at 2:21 pm

    I love that people come up with these underlying conditions just to avoid wearing a mask. I’m sure there is a COUPLE of legitimate reasons, but I’ve heard of people saying that they get like anxious when they wear one, tough sh**, either wear it or don’t fly.

  5. KenTarmac

    July 28, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Good for Delta! Thank you Delta!

  6. Lurch

    July 29, 2020 at 4:26 am

    Yes, thanks Delta. Wear a mask or stay home.

  7. schelsr

    July 29, 2020 at 5:08 am

    I think this is great. Now, maybe we could get the AA skyhags to but bags over their heads…..

  8. vargha

    July 29, 2020 at 5:12 am

    The “you must wear a mask” fascists crack me up on their non-scientific approach to this. If my wearing a mask is sufficient to stop transmission, then your wearing a mask is sufficient to block it. The material works both ways, doesn’t it? Or is this a smart virus that differentiates between the inside of your cloth bandanna and the outside? Stop lapping up the fear porn. Take mitigated risk approaches, and let others decide. It’s not Ebola.

  9. D2travel

    July 29, 2020 at 5:16 am

    Kudos to Delta, I wouldn’t even think about flying without wearing a mask. I’m glad they’re actually enforcing the mask requirement, makes it safer for all.

  10. mc4bbs


    July 29, 2020 at 5:22 am

    <3 DELTA!! You're the only U.S. carrier to do anything REAL for this crisis! Thank you!

  11. GoProf

    July 29, 2020 at 5:32 am

    If this is really enforced by airlines maybe it will get to the point where I feel that it is safe to fly.

  12. gay

    July 29, 2020 at 5:37 am

    If they don’t want to wear a mask, stick a bag over their head, and then show them to the exit door mid-flight.

  13. Mediaink

    July 29, 2020 at 6:05 am

    High five Delta.

  14. cscasi

    July 29, 2020 at 6:34 am

    Let the anti-mask crowd move to Seattle, Portland, Chicago or New YOrk! They seem to welcome those types!

  15. DFW_Airwolf


    July 29, 2020 at 8:11 am

    Pretty sure there will be a lawsuit or multiple ones over this in the future. Not sure what the exact grounds will be but pretty sure it will involve that the Airlines are Refusing to Fly a PAX on Medical Grounds Discrimination or such. Espically since the FAA hasnt sent down a Firm directive over this. It will happen eventually and should be interesting. Some people may be in for a Payday from the Airlines if they are on these lists.

  16. Historyappraiser

    July 29, 2020 at 9:23 am

    THANK YOU DELTA for stringent mask policy and empty middle seats. I feel more comfortable and less apprehensive flying 15 one-ways over last 3 weeks knowing all have masks and are not spreading the virus.

  17. thesaints

    July 29, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    @vargha No. Face masks are several times more effective on the “sending” end than on the “receiving” one. If we could identify all infected people, we could request that only them wear masks and risk would not increase much compared to when everyone wears masks. But we can’t identify all of them, so will have to trade a dose of “fascism” for higher risk of contracting covid.

  18. dorn

    July 30, 2020 at 4:25 am

    Delta once again makes me happy that they are the only airline I ever fly.

  19. PaulMSN

    July 30, 2020 at 6:08 am

    vargha promotes an ignorant rationalization for selfishness. A mask on the other person limits the spread of their spray,which helps limit the transmission to the one wearing a mask to limit receiving virus particles. It has zero to do with “fascism” and everything to do with science and reason that these anti-mask fanatics refuse to acknowledge.

  20. Orange County Commuter

    July 30, 2020 at 6:32 am

    There will be lawsuits because attorneys like to get paid. But the “payday” will only be the attorneys. The truth is Delta is a private company and are within their legal rights to do what they are doing. People claiming HIPAA and ADA obviously have never read those laws. So telling everyone “these are the rules for flying Delta” means that they can do this. It’s just like if you show up falling down drunk, Delta can look at you and say “no”. Same decision “it’s not safe for you to fly”.

  21. Loren Pechtel

    July 30, 2020 at 7:18 am

    I have no plans to fly at present but if I had to it certainly would be Delta.

    @vargha–if you were talking N95 masks you would be right, it works the same both ways. However, most people are wearing cloth or surgical masks and those are a lot more effective at stopping things going out than at stopping things coming in as they don’t seal tight against the face.

  22. Mediaink

    July 30, 2020 at 9:29 am

    It amazes me that anyone would think Delta might lose a lawsuit for enforcing this. Really? Haven’t you heard “we have the right to refuse service to anyone?” Or, “no shirt, no shoes, no service?” Aside from that, how many airlines do you have to choose from? A LOT. Go somewhere else for your air travel. You have choices – use them. The level of self aggrandizement it takes for people to publicly demand their “right” to endanger the health of others is astounding. Canada must feel like it’s living in an apartment above a meth lab. Fortunately, the majority of flyers who are loyal to Delta support and applaud their responsible approach.

  23. MariaRDH

    July 30, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Thank you for protecting your passengers. For those questioning the validity of wearing masks, read some scientific articles. And for “vargha”, no, this is not Ebola. “Ebola virus disease is not transmitted through the air and does not spread through casual contact, such as being near an infected person. Unlike respiratory illnesses, which can spread by particles that remain in the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes, Ebola is spread by direct contact with body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola.” COVID-19 is aerosolized and is far more communicable. Wear a MASK!

  24. AJNEDC

    July 31, 2020 at 5:54 am

    Kudos to you Delta. If I had any plans of ever flying in the near future, you would be it.

  25. roadracer

    August 2, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    I’m guessing any lawsuits would be the result of somebody dying from contracting the virus, and the family suing Delta for “not providing a safe flying environment”. That’s why Delta is doing this.

    @Vargha: I don’t understand your logic. What if two passengers sitting next to each other decide not to wear a mask? Or are you expecting the entire plane to wear masks except you?

  26. chavala

    August 4, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Vargha is just a troll trying to rile people up. Click on his profile and see the only 6 posts he’s made in the past 11 years.

  27. pulokk1

    August 5, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Whenever anyone cries “fascism” to defend their right to infect other people, ignore them.

    vargha decries the “non-scientific approach” and then offers up a whopper of his own: that masks must protect the wearer as much as the public, because “the material works both ways, doesn’t it?

    Take the time to do a little research, Dr. vargha.

  28. jlc1978

    August 6, 2020 at 6:56 am

    Good for Delta. I’ve just flown AF/KLM on DL codeshares and wearing mask was no big deal and a small price to help keep people safe. If someone doesn’t want to wear a mask, fly an airline that doesn’t require one or don’t fly/

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