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Delta has banned 120 passengers for not wearing masks

Travelers wearing face masks check in through plexiglass dividers at Delta Airline at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Thursday, July 2, 2020.(Hyosub Shin /Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
Travelers wearing face masks check in through plexiglass dividers at Delta Airline at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Thursday, July 2, 2020.(Hyosub Shin /Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Airline is also testing employees for COVID-19 at hubs and through at-home testing

Delta Air Lines has banned 120 passengers for violation of the company’s mask requirement, CEO Ed Bastian said in a memo Thursday.

He added “we’re taking it very seriously,” and encourages those who can’t wear masks to consider not traveling.

Delta on Monday launched a new requirement that asks passengers with health conditions or disabilities that prevent them from wearing a mask to complete a medical consultation by phone from the airport. The consultation is with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s service STAT-MD, which is Delta’s medical support contractor.

On Thursday, Bastian said in a note to customers that masks will be required on Delta through Dec. 31.

Airlines including Delta also require passengers to fill out a health acknowledgment form at check-in and agree to mask requirements during travel.

Delta is also testing its active U.S.-based employees for COVID-19 over the next four weeks, including testing at its hubs and at-home testing in Florida, Texas and other non-hub locations.

“We expect 100 percent of our people to participate,” Bastian wrote in the memo to employees. The company will use the test results for “establishing a baseline that helps us make critical decisions to protect everyone’s health and safety.”

He said Delta is looking into programs and technology for employees to more easily “stay tested,” notify the company if they contract the virus and enable contact tracing.

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