Effective April 24, 2020, all United flight attendants will be required to wear masks while on duty.
In a note to flight attendants shared with Live and Let’s Fly, United announced the new policy today in coordination with the Association of Flight Attendants, the union which represents United flight attendants. The new mandate only applies while flight attendants are on duty. United told flight attendants:
“We are the first major U.S. airline to implement such a requirement, which further demonstrates our commitment to the safety of our flight attendants and customers – a commitment that is the foundation of our business and aligned with our core4.
“This proactive and aggressive safety measure is in line with the most recent CDC recommendation that says wearing a cloth face covering is advisable when in public and when social distancing is difficult to maintain. Given the nature of flight attendants’ duties, both on and off the aircraft, social distancing may be a challenge, which is why this new initiative is so important.
“This is another safety measure we are putting into place as we continue to implement policies and procedures to help mitigate against the spread of COVID-9 and ensure your workplace is clean and sanitary.”
United provides N95 masks to flight attendants on duty, with each aircraft provisioned (often like with food and drink, doubled catered) with a surplus of masks. This new requirement does not apply to pilots or ground staff.
Quite an evolution from American Airlines banning their own flight attendants from wearing them just weeks ago…
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