Published on : Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Airlines took firm decision as passengers failed to behave responsibly. Over 700 airline passengers all of a sudden refused to wear masks or cover their faces, and hence were banned from flying through US airlines, as per a recent report. Delta airlines remained the strictest in this situation and did not allow about 270 passenger fly by putting forward the mask policy and new regulations implemented by the authorities, as reported by the Los Angeles Times
United Airlines mentioned to the Californian paper that it has banned 150, Spirit Airlines said 128, Frontier Airlines banned 106 and Hawaiian Airlines six.
Alaska Airlines also stated that they did not allow 78 passengers who refused to wear mask — and also gave out 92 warnings, to several others who refused to follow the mask policy, the L.A. paper said. The real numbers may be high and this will also include the numbers of passenger banned by the American Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Reports also states that it might have also happened that same passenger was refused by other airlines as well for refusing the mask policy, since the carriers do not share passenger data, this might be difficult to establish.
The bans imposed by the airlines depends on passenger behaviour and ways in which they address the situation and the time also depends on their decision, such as Delta mentioned this ban may even last a lifetime as per the intensity of the case.
New normal rules in US requires passengers to follow certain norms while around. Passengers above the age of 2 are expected to cover their face with mask, which they are allowed to remove while drinking water, eating or taking medicine. Delta even banned the bin Laden-killing ex-Navy SEAL after anti-mask tweet, and mentioned that the authorities expect the customers to behave responsibly and adhere to the policies while selecting the airlines for travelling.