Is Delta Using its influence on the market to suppress Freedom of Expression

Delta has been the largest airline recently throughout the pandemic. Due to social distancing and masking protocols, Delta believes they have the right to ban paying customers from its flights if a mask is not in use. This makes some sense to me as someone who has a strong moral attitude towards protecting the health of others. However, I have noticed that some flight attendants have started abusing this power because they can.

The US constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Simply put this is the first amendment and probably one of the most important. Especially considering the fact that this was the first thing our founding fathers believed we needed in writing. 

The more I search through Delta’s search history, the more I notice that delta has been very reluctant to the idea of freedom of expression. And, According to The Washington Post, Delta has been leading the way for other companies to follow in their abuse of individual freedoms. The Washington Post was cited saying, “Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said in a Thursday memo to employees that 460 people are now banned from the airline for refusing to wear a mask”. 

References:

McMahon, Shannon. “Delta, United and Alaska Airlines Have Banned More than 900 Passengers for Not Wearing Masks.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 27 Oct. 2020, http://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2020/10/26/airlines-banning-passengers-masks/.

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