Before takeoff, one of the flight attendants asked the man to stow his tray table. He failed to answer, choosing instead to stare blankly ahead. When asked again and again if he was OK, the passenger failed to reply, failed to stow his tray table or to acknowledge me or any of the flight attendants who took turns trying to elicit a response. We became concerned about his fitness to fly; refusing to respond to crew instructions can result in a passenger being removed from the airplane.
After being notified of the strange behavior, the captain announced our return to the gate. As police escorted the previously silent man from the plane, I heard him say, "What's the big deal?"
Wear a mask and get over yourself. If the Earth revolved around you and your sentiments, it would spin off its axis. And there would be no place for us to fly.
A July 23 Delta flight from Detroit to Atlanta was forced to return to the gate when two passengers refused to put on masks. The duo were removed from the plane, and their names were added to Delta's no fly list. As of that date, Delta had more than 150 passengers on its list all for failing to wear a mask.
That said, some passengers seem to believe the mandates don't apply to them.
If one passenger can be removed from a flight for refusing to speak, others can be booted for refusing to wear a face covering that may prevent the spread of the most deadly virus since the Spanish flu of 1918 20.