Delta flight from Detroit delayed 90 minutes due to passenger refusal to wear mask
ROMULUS, MI – A Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit to Las Vegas was delayed by more than 90 minutes after a passenger refused to comply with rules about wearing a mask on the flight. The flight was scheduled to take off from Detroit Metro Airport on Friday around 12:57 p.m., but flight records show it only took off after 2:30 p.m.
“We apologize to our customers for the delay of flight 803 due to the removal of a passenger for mask non-compliance,” a company spokesperson said in a statement. “There is nothing more important than the safety of our customers and our employees. “
Passengers on Delta flights are required to wear a mask for the duration of their flight, except during meal or snack service. Travelers who refuse to comply with the requirements risk being banned from traveling on Delta flights.
According to CNN, Last week, a note was sent to employees informing them of the number of travelers banned since the rule was implemented in April.
“As of this week, we added 460 people to our no-fly list for refusing to comply with our mask requirement,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in the memo.
Delta as well as other major airlines in the United States require passengers to wear masks to fly, and airlines other than Delta have also announced bans on passengers who violate the rule. In July, a Delta flight from Detroit to Atlanta had to turn around and was delayed after two passengers refused to wear a mask.