Delta Flight Returns To Gate When Two Passengers Refuse Masks

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(WWJ) While battles have raged over the forced use of face masks in metro Detroit -- one of the incidents deadly -- the newest situation shows that mask issues have blown up sky high. 

WWJ's Mike Campbell reports a Delta flight from Detroit to Atlanta was delayed after two passengers refused to wear masks.

According to a Delta spokesperson, Flight 1227 returned to the gate at Detroit Metro Airport because two travelers "were non-compliant with crew instructions" Thursday. 

After a short delay, the plane did depart for Atlanta. Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian has said that passengers have to wear masks to board and fly on its planes, and anyone who refuses to comply will not be able to fly "into the future."

Bastain says 100 people have been banned so far. It's not clear if the two metro Detroit passengers were booted off a single flight -- or banned for good. 

Delta says its customer-mask policy is being extended through the end of the year, and it will continue blocking middle seats beyond September. Delta also announced it will test "virtually all employees in the next four weeks," for coronavirus and has says it will start home-testing in Florida and Texas, and workers based outside the company’s hubs.