Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Delta flight returns to gate, as passenger refuses to wear mask

DELTA B757-251 N545US (CN 26492)     File Photo

Only a few days ago I posted a story about a passenger that had been booted from an Allegiant flight after "aggressively disrupting" a flight attendant who had lowered her mask to give the safety demonstration. Well here's another story but this time the aircraft was taxiing out for take off and had return to the gate.

A passenger who refused to wear a mask forced a Delta flight bound for Los Angeles to return back Saturday evening to its point of takeoff at Metro Airport in Detroit, according to Deadline Detroit. The airline confirmed the incident early Sunday morning and also added this was the second time in two months they have had an issue like this. "The female customer was removed from the plane and the flight departed without incident," said spokeswoman Kristin Seay. "Delta requires masks on every flight for the safety of our customers and crew." No further details were offered about the identity of the passenger and why she refused to wear the mask, or what happened to her after they were removed from the flight. Newsweek reached out to Delta's media relations department for additional comment. A spokesperson said in an emailed statement Sunday morning: "Flight 201 from DTW to LAX returned to the gate when a customer did not comply with Delta's mask-wearing requirement onboard. After a short delay, the aircraft departed to Los Angeles
The Delta Airbus A321-211 (N372DN) departed 55 mins later than usual.

Story sourced from here with additions

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