The big three legacy airlines in the United States will all require passengers to wear masks starting next month.
American Airlines Makes Masks Mandatory For Passengers
Starting May 11, 2020, American will require facial masks onboard, with two exceptions:
- Children unable to keep a face covering in place
- “Those with conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering”
American will not require masks at other points along the journey, including at check-in or during boarding.
Delta Air Lines Makes Masks Mandatory For Passengers
Starting May 4, 2020, Delta will require facial masks from at check-in, in Sky Clubs, during board, onboard, at baggage claim, with two exceptions:
- People unable to keep a face covering in place, including children
- Face coverings can be removed during meal service
Delta will offer masks for free for customers who did not bring their own.
United Airlines Makes Masks Mandatory For Passengers
Starting May 4, 2020, United will require facial masks onboard. No exceptions have been announced, though I imagine they will closely resemble those of American and Delta. United will provide free masks to those who do not have them. All employees onboard, not just flight attendants, must also wear flight masks.
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That was fast, though I think we all saw it coming. I do think masks are much more helpful than the idea of “social distancing” onboard a confined metal tube, as if an open middle seat will make all the difference…
Interesting that Delta’s mandatory mask requirement is stricter than that of American and United, which only require masks onboard and not throughout the travel journey. JetBlue and Frontier also require masks.