Delta Airlines has banned nearly 1,600 people since the federal government has required airplane passengers to wear masks. In addition, it has put thousands of customers on a ‘no-fly list’ for being deemed ‘unruly.’ The airline industry now also wants other airlines to share their ban lists.
“We’ve also asked other airlines to share their “no-fly” list to further protect airline employees across the industry … ” said a memo reviewed by CBS News.
In June 2020, airlines began implementing federal mask mandates, while the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) introduced its zero-tolerance policy for unruly behavior in January.
As of May, the number of people on those internal no-fly lists, separate from the federal no-fly list, had surpassed 4,000. This number, however, does not include passengers who have been denied boarding by American and Southwest airlines.
Delta also stated that they had submitted more than 600 banned names to the FAA. In addition, the agency announced earlier this week that it had received 4,385 reports from airlines this year about unruly passengers, with 3,199 of those reports involving passengers who refused to comply with federal mask mandates.
According to a statement on Delta’s website about the memo, the company works with other airlines to develop a “culture of safety for every employee” and protect passengers.
At Delta, we now have more than 1,600 people on our “no fly” list, and we’ve submitted more than 600 banned names to the FAA in 2021 as part of their Special Emphasis Enforcement Program. We’ve also asked other airlines to share their “no fly” list to further protect airline employees across the industry – something we know is top of mind for employees as well. A list of banned customers doesn’t work as well if that customer can fly with another airline.
The memos were sent the same day the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure held a hearing titled, “Disruption in the Skies: The Surge in Air Rage and its Effects on Workers, Airlines, and Airports.” Airlines for America (A4A), which represents Delta, urged stronger actions from federal agencies and authorities.