Delta bans ex-Navy SEAL involved in bin Laden raid after maskless selfie

A former Navy SEAL involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has been banned from flying Delta Air Lines after posting a selfie of himself on a flight without a mask on, the airline confirmed to The Hill on Thursday.

Robert O’Neill tweeted a photograph of himself on Wednesday morning without a mask on, with the caption, “I’m not a p----.” The tweet has since been deleted. 

“Part of every customer’s commitment prior to traveling on Delta is the requirement to acknowledge our updated travel policies, which includes wearing a mask. Failure to comply with our mask-wearing mandate can result in losing the ability to fly Delta in the future,” a Delta spokesperson told The Hill.


O’Neill tweeted on Thursday afternoon that he was banned from Delta.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in July that more than 100 people have been added to Delta’s no-fly list because they refused to wear a mask on a flight. The airline has been requiring passengers to wear masks on flights since May 1.

Airlines for America (A4A), which represents the major U.S. airlines including Delta, warned in June that customers could be put on a carriers’ do-not-fly list if they refuse to wear a face mask on planes. 

Airlines are allowing passengers who are eating or drinking to remove their masks, and passengers that have a medical exception are also not required to wear a mask.