Delta CEO Says That People Who Refuse to Wear Their Masks Will Be Banned from Future Flights

While some people argue why you should wear a mask and other people argue why you shouldn’t have to wear a mask (or at least why they in particular should not have to wear a mask), some companies are making strong decisions. It’s no longer just shirt and shoes required for service. Now, it’s also a mask if you want service.

One example is Starbucks.

Another example is Delta.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian sat down for an interview with TODAY’s Willie Geist. He explained that if a customer boards a Delta airplane and then refuses to wear a face mask, that customer will be banned from flying on future Delta flights. This isn’t just an empty threat either. He shared that there are already over 100 names on this list.

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, you have to be cleared by Delta’s “Clearance to Fly” process at the airport. Otherwise, you’ll need to find another way to get to your destination because you won’t be flying Delta.

Bastian explained, “We implemented a new procedure this week because we’ve had some customers indicate that they have 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.”

If someone’s medical condition claim is valid, they should get to the airport extra early, because Delta’s “Clearance to Fly” screening process can take over an hour. 

If a passenger goes through the screening process and doesn’t have a valid reason not to wear a face mask, that passenger’s name will be added to the list of people who cannot fly on Delta until the face mask policy ends.

Besides insisting that passengers wear face masks, Delta is also keeping their planes sanitized, blocking off the middle seats, and reducing their number of passengers to 60%.

If you’re not convinced that wearing a face mask really matters, check out these videos from Bill Nye. If you need a face mask, these Disney ones are cute, or you could consider making one. This no-sew method is pretty easy.

Do you think more airlines should copy Delta’s face mask policy?