Delta Air Lines has been the strictest, putting 270 passengers on its “no fly” list to thwart its mask policy, the Los Angeles Times said – famously the ex-Navy SEAL in which Osama bin Laden was killed was given.
United Airlines reported in a California paper that it had banned 150, Spirit Airlines 128, Frontier Airlines 106 and Hawaii Airlines six.
The LA paper stated that Alaska Airlines said it had banned 78 as well as canceled 92 warnings or “yellow cards” that had to be flown more than once to ignore the mask policy. .
The actual tally could be higher, with others including American Airlines and Southwest Airlines explaining how the restrictions have been issued.
It is also possible that some bad passengers could have been banned more from the airline, as the carriers were not sharing names.
How long the ban depends on the behavior of the airline and the individual passenger, the companies said. Delta said that its restrictions can last a lifetime in some cases.
Since the coronovirus epidemic, all major US airlines have begun requiring passengers over 2 years of age to cover their faces during flights in addition to drinking, eating, or taking drugs, the paper noted.
“We expect our customers to comply with our policies when they choose to travel with us, and we take action when we don’t do so,” American Airlines spokesman Curtis Blessing told the paper.
Sarah Nelson, President of Assn. Flight Attendant-CWA, which represents about 50,000 flight attendants at 19 airlines, said staff repeatedly called for a federal mandate.
“Flight attendants want a federal mandate, and therefore are legalists,” she said. “Just as a smoker in an aircraft faces federal fees and fines, so too must people understand the serious consequences of endangering the health of others by refusing to wear masks.”