Major US Airlines Allows Mask Mandate Violators Back on Flights

Three major US airlines – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and American Airlines said they would now allow some passengers who were banned from their planes because of mask violations to return to their flight rosters — determined on a case-by-case basis, while a key US government agency vows to stay tough on bad behavior in the skies.

“With masks now optional, Delta will restore flight privileges for customers on the mask non-compliance no-fly list only after each case is reviewed and each customer demonstrates an understanding of their expected behavior when flying with us,” the Atlanta-based company said.

United Airlines said it would also allow banned passengers for not following mask rules to fly again.

“On a case-by-case basis, we will allow some customers who were previously banned for failing to comply with mask-related rules to fly United again — after ensuring their commitment to follow all crewmember instructions on board,” the Chicago-based airline said.

According to Nate Gatten, American’s chief government affairs officer, the airline will also allow most passengers barred from flying for mask non-compliance “to resume travel at some point in time.” 

Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration has logged 1,233 reports of unruly passenger behavior this year, nearly 65% of those cases were mask-related, only 80 of the more than 1,200 reported cases have been referred to the FBI for criminal review.

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