JetBlue Airways announced that they’re making face coverings mandatory for all passengers onboard their flights effective May 4. This marks the first US airline to make face masks mandatory for all passengers, however we’ll likely see others follow.
For comparison, Canada requires all airline passengers to wear face coverings while traveling so it’s still undetermined if this is something that the US will mandate, or if it will be up to each airline to create their own rules. Regardless, I suspect we’ll be hearing similar announcements from most US airlines shortly.
Per JetBlue Airways,
JetBlue announced that starting May 4 all customers will be required to wear a face covering during travel. The policy comes after the airline began requiring all crewmembers to wear face coverings while working. JetBlue has modeled its policy on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines that indicate all individuals should wear a face covering in public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
This new policy will require customers to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth throughout their journey, including during check-in, boarding, while in flight and deplaning. Customers will be reminded of this requirement before their flight via email and at the airport by both terminal signage and announcements. Small children who are not able to maintain a face covering are exempt from this requirement.
This latest announcement follows JetBlue’s previous where all JetBlue crewmembers are required to use a mask or other face covering if they cannot maintain social distance until further notice.
Will this be the future of air travel? It’s certainly possible in the short term, and could actually be a way to start airlines to ramp back up their operations with this latest precaution.
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