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Onboard a JetBlue Airbus A321. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

JetBlue To Require Masks for All Onboard

As airlines continue to fight against the ongoing COVID-19 situation, JetBlue is taking safety to the next level as the airline will now start to require that all passengers and crew wear facemasks when around fellow passengers and crew. This includes check-in and anytime an individual is boarding, on or deplaning from the company’s aircraft. The move also comes as airlines continue to face backlash for what some call relaxed safety measures by not having staff or paying passengers wearing masks.

The airline says that the mask rule will go into effect on May 4 with the airline attempting to stay up to date with what has been a very fluid market. JetBlue also announced that it will continue to increase cleaning aircraft to prevent the spread of coronavirus from person to person.

“This is new flying etiquette. Wearing a face covering isn’t about protecting yourself it’s about protecting those around you,” said JetBlue President and COO Joanna Geraghty.

Geraghty went on to highlight that aircraft will also naturally circulate air throughout the cabin to also help make sure that the enclosed environment isn’t exposing the entire aircraft to the virus.

While other airlines do encourage that passengers wear personal protection gear and require it for crew members, JetBlue is the first US airline to broaden the order to include passengers. This comes alongside other airlines’ attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and increase trust in flying through ideas such as blocking middle seats and heavily cleaning aircraft between flights.

The only exemption to JetBlue’s policy will go for small children who cannot suspend a mask on their face.

Author

  • Although Ian McMurtry was never originally an avgeek, he did enjoy watching US Airways aircraft across western Pennsylvania in the early 2000s. He lived along the Pennsylvania Railroad and took a liking to trains but a change of scenery in the mid-2000s saw him shift more of an interest into aviation. He would eventually express this passion by taking flying lessons in mid-Missouri and joining AirlineGeeks in 2013. Now living in Wichita, Kansas, Ian is in college majoring in aerospace engineering and minoring in business administration at Wichita State University.

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