Airlines for America (A4A) announced that its member carriers will be “vigorously enforcing” face covering policies for both passengers and customer-facing employees.
The A4A added that Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines will be implementing new policies surrounding face masks.
The policies include clearly articulating the airlines’ individual face covering policies in communications with customers prior to boarding, onboard announcements with specific details regarding the carriers’ face covering policy during flight, and consequences for noncompliance that could involve suspension of flying privileges on that carrier.
“U.S. airlines are very serious about requiring face coverings on their flights,” said Nicholas Calio, A4A president and CEO. “Face coverings are one of several public health measures recommended by the CDC as an important layer of protection for passengers and customer-facing employees.”
The measures are expected to remain in place throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, the A4A said.