A Delta fight from Detroit to Los Angeles went back to its Metro Airport gate before takeoff Saturday night because a female passenger refused to wear a mask, the airline confirms early Sunday.
"The customer was removed from the plane and the flight departed without incident," about 30 minutes late at 8:56 p.m., spokeswoman Kristin Seay tells Deadline Detroit. "Delta requires masks on every flight for the safety of our customers and crew."
Passengers included the mother of Alexis Wiley, chief of staff for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.
Wiley tweeted Satuday night:
My mom’s @Delta flight from Detroit to LA just turned around and went back to the gate because a passenger refused to wear a mask. Flight attendants announced masks are non negotiable! Thank you @Delta for putting passenger safety first! @LASpeech pic.twitter.com/vuMUl3fQVH— Alexis Wiley (@AlexisWileyNews) September 13, 2020