East Coast Wine Trail

East Coast Wine Trail
East Coast Wine Trail

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

No mask; no flight. Airline clamps down.

Full marks to US airline Delta, which is cracking down on imbeciles who refuse to wear masks when flying.

Delta Air Lines has already banned over 100 recalcitrants from flying and has turned one flight between Atlanta and Detroit around after multiple passengers refused to wear face masks.

Delta currently requires its passengers to wear face masks while on board a flight, except for when they’re eating a meal or drinking.

Guests can receive permission to take off their masks if they have a specific medical condition. But the airline will not take their word for it. Passengers must complete a medical pre-screening process to receive clearance.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said: “We take the requirement to wear a mask very seriously. Customers who choose not to comply with this or any other safety requirement risk losing their future flight privileges with Delta.

"So far, there have thankfully only been a handful of cases, but we have already banned some passengers from future travel on Delta for refusing to wear masks on board.”

Bastian added: "We implemented a new procedure because we've had some customers indicate that they have underlining conditions that makes wearing a mask dangerous for them," Bastian said.
This entails a 'virtual consultation' with a medical professional by phone who will determine whether it is a genuine medical issue.

"The customer will talk to the doctor before they get on the plane to actually have it validated that they indeed cannot wear a mask."

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