Why Delta’s Lifetime Ban on Ranting Trump Supporter Is Significant
A Delta passenger whose pro-Trump speech on board the plane has been banned from the airline for life.
The passenger’s rant went viral last week and has been viewed over 2.4 million times. After a discussion with cabin crew, he was allowed to stay on board for the remainder of the flight.
Over the weekend, Delta released a statement apologizing for the incident, saying the man “should not have been allowed to continue on the flight.” And in addition to the apology, Delta CEO Ed Bastian sent out a company-wide memo on Monday wherein he revealed that the passenger would be banned from any future flights on the airline for the rest of his life.
“The heightened tension in our society means that now more than ever we must require civility on our planes and in our facilities,” Bastian wrote in his memo. “We must stay true to Delta’s core values and treat one another with dignity and respect. We also must remain committed more than ever to the safety of our customers and our crew members. We will not tolerate anything less.”
It takes a pretty violent, dangerous or illegal act to get banned from an airline for life.
One of the last times Delta banned someone for life was in 2011 when a man impersonated an air marshal, illuminated a lighter near a woman’s leg and announced that he had gas that could put anyone to sleep.
Each airline has different policies regarding lifetime bans, which are generally not released as they fall under “security procedures.”
Most commonly, passengers are banned for getting drunk and picking fights with cabin crew. However other creative ways to get banned include indecent exposure, tweeting about hacking into an airplane’s security system while in the air and claiming to have a “license to eat human flesh.”
Celebrity doesn’t make you immune from the lifetime ban. In 2006, Snoop Dogg was banned from British Airways for life after his entourage started a brawl in the Heathrow VIP lounge. And in 1998, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was banned from Cathay Pacific for smoking and throwing objects (allegedly scones) at airline staff.
A blacklist is implemented within the airline’s reservation system. Once a passenger is banned, their information is stored and they will be unable to book any future flights with that airline. However, their travel onboard other airlines is not at all affected.