Delta Bans More Than 100 People from Airline for Refusing to Wear a Mask During Flight
Delta has been requiring passengers to wear face masks since May.
According to the airline'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 previously announced that passengers who claim they are unable to wear masks due to a health condition must be medically cleared at the airport or consider another mode of transit.
Bastian told Today in July that the company implemented the procedure "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," he said.
Earlier this month, a Delta flight was forced to return to its gate after two passengers refused to wear masks on board.
A spokesperson for the airline told PEOPLE in an email statement at the time that the plane "returned to the gate following two customers who were non-compliant with crew instructions," before adding that the plane departed to its destination "after a short delay."
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