Delta has banned 460 individuals for not following masks coverage

(CNN)

In a new memo, Delta Air Lines says more than 400 people have been banned from flying for failing to follow the airline’s mask guidelines.

“As of this week, we’ve added 460 people to our no-fly list for refusing to meet our mask requirements,” said Ed Bastian, Delta CEO, in a message to employees.

In August, the airline announced that it had banned around 270 passengers since the pandemic began. Delta requested masks be worn on flights from May 4. All major airlines are now mandating that passengers wear masks unless there are new federal government regulations.

The airlines agreed in June to ban passengers from future flights for refusing to wear masks. However, the airlines do not share any information about the passengers they have banned. For example, a passenger who is banned on Delta can still book a flight with American and vice versa.

Airlines have defended the “get tough” policy as important to protecting the health and safety of passengers and crew.

Earlier this month, the CDC said in a new guide that travel “increases your chances of catching and spreading coronavirus”. “CDC strongly recommends that all passengers and all employees who use the means of transport on public transport wear appropriate masks,” the guidelines read.

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