KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Airports are starting to see more business and airlines are slowly adding flights. But hundreds of passengers won’t be flying anywhere in the foreseeable future.
Multiple airlines confirm they have no-fly lists dedicated to people who’ve been banned for refusing to wear masks, which is a federal requirement.
Delta Airlines has 1,000 people on it’s list according to Bob Somers, Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Delta. He talked about the list and other safety measures during a town hall with Acendas Travel Wednesday afternoon.
Somers touted Delta’s new HEPA air filtration systems on planes and said Delta is committed to blocking middle seats, for the time being, until it’s safer for everyone to fly.
“Air travel is a cleaner experience than standing in a grocery store,” Somers said during the virtual meeting.
United Airlines said it’s also taken steps to make flying as safe as possible. That included banning 738 passengers because they violated the federal mask policy.
Southwest Airlines doesn’t track mask compliance to release to the public, but said it takes a different approach.
In a statement, Southwest said it reminds all customers of the federal mask mandate multiple times between booking and boarding the flight. The airline said the reminders are used as preventative measures in hopes of avoiding the need to ban a customer from future flying.
American Airlines also didn’t share statistics, but did release a statement:
“We expect our customers to comply with our policies when they choose to travel with us, and we take action when that is not the case, but the vast majority of our customers have supported and welcomed our continuing efforts to strengthen our face covering policy,” Gianna Urgo, Global Communications for American Airlines, said.