Bin Laden-killing ex-Navy SEAL Rob O’Neill banned by Delta for posing for maskless selfie on flight

AN EX-NAVY SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden has been banned from an airline after he shared an in-flight maskless selfie.

Robert O'Neill, 44, tweeted a photo of himself without a mask on a Delta flight on Wednesday.

"I'm not a p***y," he tweeted alongside the photo.

A man in the background of Mr O'Neill's photo was wearing a mask, together with a United States Marine Corp hat.

Mr O'Neill later deleted the tweet at the request of his wife, and claimed the tweet was a "joke".

"This was not a dig at the Marine behind me. I love Marines," he later tweeted.


Delta has now banned Mr O'Neill from flying with the airline, the New York Post reported.

Delta said in a statement: "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.”

In response, Mr O'Neill mocked Delta in another tweet.

"Thank God it wasn't Delta flying us in when we killed bin Laden… we weren't wearing masks," he posted.

Mr O'Neill also then got into arguments with comedian Steve Hofstetter and actress Alyssa Milano.

In a tweet to Milano, Mr O'Neill said he does usually wear a mask and that his "attempt at a joke did not go over well".

"I am not the bad guy. I killed the bad guy," he posted.

O'Neill shot Osama bin Laden three times during a raid on the al-Qaeda leader's hideout in Pakistan in May 2011.

He also took part in the rescue of a merchant ship that was taken over by Somali pirates in 2011 – a mission that inspired the plot for the movie 'Captain Phillips' starring Tom Hanks.

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