On Monday, Airlines for America (A4A) major U.S. airlines organization announced that passengers who refuse to wear a mask or face coverings could get banned from flying with some of the major U.S. airlines.
Major U.S. airlines may prevent anyone from not wearing a mask from boarding and provide the coverings to passengers who have none. Once on board, however, flight attendants have little power to enforce the policy if passengers remove their masks. U.S. airlines will implement the following policy updates regarding face covering:
- Preflight Communications: Each airline will clearly articulate its individual face-covering policy in communications with customers, which may expect travelers to recognize the particular guidelines during the check-in process.
- Onboard Announcements: Onboard the aircraft, crew members will announce specific details regarding the face-covering strategy including the consequences passengers could face for violating the policy.
- Consequences for Noncompliance: Each transporter will decide the fitting ramifications for travelers who are found to be in noncompliance with the airline’s face covering policy up to and including suspension of flying privileges on that airline.
These new policies include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.
U.S. carriers are intense about requiring face covers on their flights. Carriers are stepping up enforcement of face coverings and implementing substantial consequences for those who do not comply with the rules,” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio in a press release. “Face covers are one of a few general wellbeing measures suggested by the CDC as a significant layer of assurance for travelers and client confronting representatives.”
Passengers flying with airlines represented by A4A are assigned the following rules:
- All travelers are required to wear a face-covering throughout the journey venture on the main U.S. carriers, as plainly expressed on the main U.S. airlines.
- According to the CDC guidance travelers are urged to stay home when ill, frequently wash their hands, and to wear face-covering throughout their air travel journey.
From June 18, United Airlines passengers who refuse to wear a mask or a face covering could be placed on an “internal travel restriction list,” according to a report from ABC News’ Gio Benitez.