A Delta Airlines plane was forced to turn back and remove two passengers from a flight after they refused to wear face masks on board.
Two passengers were removed from the flight that had been gearing up to take off because they refused to put on a face covering.
Delta Airlines said the flight had been returned to the gate in Detroit, US, because of two customers who were “non compliant with crew instructions”.
It had been destined to fly to Atlanta, but the departure was delayed before it could leave Metro Airport to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Face coverings have become mandatory on most flights around the world, and in some cases it is against the law to not wear them on public transport, planes included.
In a statement, a company representative said: “Flight 1227 from Detroit to Atlanta returned to the gate following two customers who were noncompliant with crew instructions,” Emma Kate Protis told the outlets.
“After a short delay, the aircraft departed to Atlanta.”
Delta has not named the two passengers, and the airline has updated its conditions of travel in light of the incident, which occurred during the coronavirus pandemic.
The airline’s website states: “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.”
On July 22, Delta CEO Ed Bastian told NBC he airline would bar people from the airline for life if they refused to wear a face covering aboard flights.
He said: “You cannot board a Delta plane unless you have a mask on. If you board the plane and you insist on not wearing your mask, we will insist that you don’t fly Delta in the future.
“We already have over 100 people we’ve put on that list.”
The airline has also blocked off seats on either side of a reservation to maintain social distancing, a rule Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary said was “idiotic.”