The Real Reason Delta Banned Controversial Navy SEAL?
Robert O’Neill, the man who claims to have killed Osama Bin Laden (and the more he insists upon that, the more I question it…just ask Matt Bissonnete), tweeted a picture of himself without a mask on a Delta flight, along with a childish statement dismissing masks. He frequently tweets stories or comments skeptical of masks.
After his picture went somewhat viral, he deleted it. Still, he followed up Friday announcing Delta had banned him. He blamed the picture.
I just got banned from @Delta for posting a picture. Wow.
— Robert J. O’Neill (@mchooyah) August 20, 2020
He later tweeted:
Thank God it wasn’t @Delta flying us in when we killed bin Laden… we weren’t wearing masks…
Then deleted that one too.
A Pattern Of Behavior?
Take this with a grain of salt, but it certainly sounds logical to me. A Delta flight attendant reached out to me and explained Delta’s policy for banning non-compliant passengers. It is substantially similar to the United policy outlined here. Passengers are warned and given a chance to correct themselves. Before an incident report is even filled, a passenger will be given a chance to put his mask on. Passengers must show not just a disregard for masks rules, but a continued disregard in order to banned. The flight attendant specifically asserted that the O’Neill occurrence was not a one-off.
So was O’Neill banned from Delta for one selfie? Highly unlikely.
Remember, O’Neill told Fox News that he had over a million Delta miles. Unless that was all through credit card spending, that means he spends a lot of time on Delta. Therefore, his tweet and general attitude concerning masks should give us a clue as to other incidents on Delta.
O’Neill says he had three masks in his pocket and three masks in his bag on the Delta flight in question. I don’t doubt that; I carry a surplus of masks as well. But there’s a difference between carrying masks and actually wearing them.
I really don’t have an axe to grind against O’Neill. As a former Air Force Reservist, I am thankful to O’Neill for the service he gave to his country. Furthermore, I went out of my way to somewhat defend him when news first broke about the incident. But as I put the pieces together and use a little syllogistic reasoning, it seems that O’Neill simply does not believe in wearing masks on airplanes. As such, he should man up, admit it, and understand that he will forfeit his privilege of traveling commercially if he insists upon that. It appears that private jet owners have stepped up and O’Neill may be able to travel private going forward. Fine. But Mr. O’Neill: don’t insult our intelligence by insinuating that you were banned for one photo. If this was a pattern, not a one-off incident, just step forward and admit it…please.