Flight 1227 was scheduled to travel from Detroit to Atlanta on July 23, Delta spokeswoman Emma Kate Protis said, and after the delay the plane left for its destination.
The two passengers who refused to wear a face mask or blanket were removed from the flight.
Delta states on its website that “Customers and employees are required to wear a face shield or an appropriate face mask over their nose and mouth throughout their trip, in accordance with best practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ) ”.
Delta has also blocked seats between customers on flights and reduced the number of passengers allowed on flights to ensure distance amid the ongoing pandemic.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian said last week that more than 100 people were added to the airline’s no-fly list because they refused to wear a mask on a flight.
“We have steadily and rather aggressively strengthened our application of the mask policy. You cannot board a Delta aircraft unless you have a mask. If you board the plane and insist on not wearing your mask, we will insist that you do not fly Delta in the future. We already have over 100 people that we put on this list, ”Bastian told NBC.