The Atlanta-based Airline, has confirmed that about 500 of it’s staffs have tested positive for coronavirus with 10 deaths..
This was made by CEO of the Airline, Ed Bastian during the company’s annual shareholders meeting.
Bastian said, “We lost ten employees to the Coronavirus, every one of them breaks my heart.
“Among other 500 employees who contracted the virus, the vast majority have recovered.
He added that the airline is testing its approximately 90,000 employees for COVID-19 would provide better protection for our people and then, eventually, certainly, our customers as we go forward.”
The news also comes as several airlines announce more strict rules regarding passengers and coronavirus.
Airlines for America, of which Delta is a part, said that passengers who do not wear face coverings could have their flying privileges revoked.
A spokesperson for Delta Air Lines acknowledged that the company, like others, is taking a strict stance on health safety.
“Wearing a mask is one of the many important steps Delta has implemented to keep customers and employees stay safe while flying. Moving forward, we will continue ensuring customers are aware of, acknowledge and comply with the requirement to wear a mask during boarding and throughout their flight.”
The spokesperson said that wearing a mask during boarding and throughout the flight is another way in which customers are required to follow crew member instructions.
“As with many safety actions, failure to comply with an agent or crew member instructions could result in denied boarding or revocation of future flight privileges,” the airline said.
In another different report by Atlanta business chronicle, during an Axios on HBO interview Monday, June 20, Bastian admitted Delta Air Lines Inc. flight crews will not forcibly remove customers who refuse to wear masks on planes.
He said,”If you take your mask off, no, we will not forcibly remove you from the plane,” Bastian told Axios’ Jim VandeHei. “If the government were to mandate it, I think that would help, because if the government mandated it, then you could enforce it.”