Delta Flight Returns to Gate After Several Passengers Refuse to Wear Their Masks

By Kurt Stolz on 26 July 2020
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Delta Boeing 767-300ER coach cabin

A Delta Air Lines flight leaving Detroit returned to the gate after two passengers refused to keep their masks on.

Masks are required on all flights operated by major U.S. airlines amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Destined for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, Delta Flight 1227, a Boeing 737-900, had pushed back from the gate at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on Thursday when two passengers refused to wear masks as the aircraft was preparing for takeoff.

The flight was originally slated to take off at 12:55 p.m. local time and finally left at 1:51 p.m., 56 minutes later than scheduled.  The flight landed in Atlanta at 3:22 p.m., 54 minutes late, and arrived at the gate at 3:28 p.m., 49 minutes later than scheduled.

The airline later said that the two “were non-compliant with crew instructions.”

Photo caption: Delta Boeing 767-300ER coach cabin

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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