A Delta flight preparing to take off from an airport in Detroit was forced to turn around and return to the gate because two passengers refused to obey a new rule requiring everyone onboard Delta flights to wear a face mask. You can also be banned from taking commercial flights indefinitely.
Given that you could die if you contract the potentially lethal COVID-19 virus, it could be considered by virtually every fact-based individual to be suicide to board a flight anywhere without wearing a mask. Yet, people are stubborn, argumentative about following the rules. That’s what happened. Two strong-willed passengers decided they were not going to wear masks on a flight from Detroit to Atlanta, forcing the flight to turn around on the runway and return to the terminal.
Delta Airlines, in a statement to the Detroit Free Press on Monday, confirmed Flight 1227 was delayed due to “customers who were non-compliant with crew instructions.”
According to the Delta Airline website, all “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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”
The change in rules by Delta and other commercial airlines is only one of many changes to flying and travel that have been caused by the highly contagious coronavirus. Delta and several other airlines have also started to implement social distancing aboard their flights, blocking seats to give their customers more space.
The Delta jet was heading to its runway to take off from Detroit Metro Airport to begin its flight to Atlanta when the pilot and crew were forced to turn around on July 23 according to, Delta spokeswoman Amanda Portis who was interviewed by CNN.
The decision to turn around and not take off came a day after the Delta Airlines CEO, Ed Bastian, said the jet’s cabin crew had started to “steadily and rather aggressively” step up enforcement of its mask policy. The policy was implemented in a bid to help make crew and travelers travel that much safer amid the current coronavirus epidemic.
Delta’s CEO Bastian said during an appearance on NBC’s Today show...
“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.”
What Bastian didn’t say was being put on Delta’s “no-fly” list could mean you could find yourself put on the “do not fly list” of every other airline. The two passengers that refused to wear a mask on board Delta flight 1227 could find they are band from traveling on any commercial air flights. The two passengers were escorted from the flight when the jet returned to its gate. The flight then took off from Detroit and arrived in Atlanta, only slightly behind schedule.