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Face mask problem with passenger forces Delta flight to MSP to return to gate

The flight was delayed for more than an hour.

A flight scheduled from Florida to the Twin Cities was delayed by more than an hour because a passenger was not following face mask rules.

Delta Air Lines 1769 was scheduled to leave Tampa International Airport for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at 1:26 p.m. central time Monday. 

But instead of taking off as planned, the plane had to return to the gate, a spokesperson for Delta Air Lines told Bring Me The News. The reason was a "mask non-compliance issue with a passenger on board."

Related: Klobuchar joins group of senators asking CDC, TSA to potentially update face mask rules for planes, trains

According to WFLA, the individual and their spouse willingly got off the plane and were booked on another flight.

Federal COVID-19 guidelines currently require travelers on public transportation (such as planes and trains) to wear face coverings.

After a 70-minute delay, flight 1769 landed at MSP Airport.

"We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience," the airline spokesperson said. 

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