Robert O’Neill was banned by Delta Air Lines after he refused to wear a mask aboard a flight and bragged about it on Twitter.
A former Navy SEAL famous for his part in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was banned by Delta Air Lines after he refused to wear a mask aboard a flight and bragged about it on Twitter.
Robert O’Neill, who says he fired the shot that killed bin Laden during the 2011 raid, was on board a flight on Wednesday when he tweeted a selfie with the caption “I’m not a pussy.”
Unlike a fellow passenger in a US Marine Corps hat and a flight attendant visible in the photo, O’Neill was not wearing a mask.
Delta requires passengers to wear masks in the airport and on all flights unless they are quickly eating or drinking. The airline also said it would ban passengers who refuse to wear the face coverings.
O’Neill, who left the Navy in 2012 and works as a public speaker and Fox News contributor, deleted the tweet after about five hours.
A spokesperson for Delta confirmed O’Neill’s ban: “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,” the spokesperson, Anthony Black, told Business Insider in an email. “Failure to comply with our mask-wearing mandate can result in losing the ability to fly Delta in the future.”