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U.S. Airlines to Make Wearing Face Masks Compulsory

A Compass E175 aircraft operating for American Eagle in Los Angeles (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

American, Delta and Frontier join JetBlue in making wearing face masks compulsory for passengers traveling as of next week. This is part of a wider set of sanitary measures that different stakeholders are putting in place as the world prepares to slowly reintroduce economic activity as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.

Regarding these new additional safety measures, Bill Lentsch, Delta’s chief customer experience officer said, as reported by USA Today: “While we remain committed to our new standard of clean and to providing more space to costumers when they travel, we take seriously the CDC guidelines for adding this extra layer of protection. We believe this change will give customers and employees some additional comfort when traveling with us”.

The Atlanta based carrier will make wearing masks compulsory from Monday, May 4. The airline has clearly stated that it expects passengers to cover their faces throughout their wait at the airport and onboard the flight, only taking them off to eat or drink. Facemask use at Delta SkyClubs is also compulsory.

American, which recently announced that cabin crew would be wearing face masks from May 1, later announced that all passengers will be required to cover their faces from May 11. The Fort Worth-based carrier will also offer sanitizing wipes onboard flights as an additional health and safety measure.

Low-cost carrier Frontier has also adopted this measure, making wearing face masks compulsory from May 8. In a statement directed to passengers, the carrier said, “At Frontier, your health and safety are our top priority. Beginning May 8, all Frontier costumers will be required to wear a face-covering (mask) over their nose and mouth throughout their journey. This will include all ticket counters, gate areas and onboard our aircraft. This effort is yet another activity we are taking to help you feel more comfortable when flying with Frontier and follows the guidelines of the CDC and local authorities,” Frontier employees have been wearing face masks since mid-April.

Jose Antonio Payet
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  • Jose Antonio Payet

    As a geography nerd, Jose has always been fascinated by the complexities of the airline industry and its ability to bring the world closer together. Born and raised in Peru, now studying in the UK. he has travelled around America, Europe and South East Asia. His favorite aircraft is the Boeing 767-300, which he has flown many times during his childhood; although now the A350 is slowly growing up on him.

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