Delta adds 270 people to no-fly list for refusing to wear a mask



Delta has added 270 passengers to its no-fly list for refusing to wear masks, CEO Ed Bastian said Thursday in an internal memo outlining the public health measures the company has taken as airlines hope to reassure passengers it is safe to fly during Covid-19. pandemic.


Bastian said the use of face masks is “a top priority to reduce the spread of the virus” in the rating obtained by Forbes, first reported by CBS, echoing what public health experts have been saying for months.

Despite public health measures in place, airlines do not expect demand to return to 2019 levels until 2023 or 2024, according to a July report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

Last month, the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization estimated that the maximum potential loss of passenger operating revenue for airlines in 2020 would be $ 365 billion and predicted an overall reduction of 2 , 86 billion travelers.

key context

According to a July IATA survey, only 45% of people said they would be comfortable flying within a few months of the pandemic subsiding. When asked to rank the top three measures that would make them feel safer, 37% said Covid-19 screening at departure airports, 34% agreed with facial coverage mandates and 33% reported social distancing measures on the plane.

additional reading

Delta has banned 270 passengers for refusing to wear face masks (CBS)

JetBlue tests UV cleaning as airlines seek to reassure passengers (Forbes)

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