3-U.S-Airlines asked Staff not to enforce Facemask-Policy

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3-U.S-Airlines asked Staff not to enforce Facemask-Policy
3-U.S-Airlines asked Staff not to enforce Facemask-Policy

3-U.S-Airlines asked Staff not to enforce Facemask-Policy

Three major U.S. airlines⁠—Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United Airlines⁠—are not requiring passengers on flights to maintain the face covering policy, according to employee policies reviewed by Reuters.

All three carriers recently announced policies that would require both employees and passengers to wear face masks onboard its planes.

“We admonish customers to come along with their own face masks, but our customer representative agents are going to be prepared to make it available for them incase you do not have one when you board our aircraft,” United Airlines’s Covid-19 policy reads.

3-U.S-Airlines asked Staff not to enforce Facemask-Policy

American Airlines declared its face mask policy for passengers, which officially took effect on Monday, in an April statement. “We encourage passengers to come along with their own face masks that they prefer once they want to board. American is functioning to acquire face masks and hand sanitizer as a supplement,” said Senior vice chairman of Customer Experience Kurt Stache.

However, ensuring that passengers keep their masks on once inside the plane could be a different matter.

Flight crew members are reportedly not mandated to enact the policy onboard flights but are asked to ensure that passengers follow the directive.

3-U.S-Airlines asked Staff not to enforce Facemask-Policy

“Once passengers are on board and off the gate, the face mask policy becomes more relieved,” the American Airlines sent a message to employees which read. “The flight crew member’s responsibility is information, not enforcement, with respect to the face mask policy.”

American Airlines also informed its pilots that any passenger who was not wearing a face mask but was well-behaved in other aspects did not represent a threat to the flight.

We expect “customers to put on a face mask while on board, and this expectation is checkmated at the gate before boarding. We also remind passengers by disseminating information both during boarding and at departure,” the airline said. “Some customers like young children and people with underlying medical reason why they can’t wear a mask are exempted.”

3-U.S-Airlines asked Staff not to enforce Facemask-Policy

United Airlines reported that “while our face mask policy is ‘enacted’ at the gate, flight crew members should inform customers of the face mask policy during boarding just like our other safety policies that entails putting up a tray table for landing and fastening a seat belt during rough air.”

United also said that customers are going to be expected to wear a mask with the exception of youngsters and individuals who cannot wear one thanks to medical reasons.

Flight attendants will also be informed if there are passengers who cannot wear a face mask “because the safety of our passengers and employees is our top priority, there could be an isolated situation where a customer could also be denied boarding as a final resort, but this is able to be handled on a case by case basis,” the airline said.

3-U.S-Airlines asked Staff not to enforce Facemask-Policy

Delta’s policy requires the usage of face coverings within the airport and through flights except when meals are served. “The utilization of face mask is also strongly adviced in a densely populated areas including security lines and restrooms,” Delta’s policy reads. “People unable to stay a face covering in situ , including children, are exempt.”

Newsweek reached bent Delta Airlines for comment but didn’t receive a response in time for publication. This story will be updated with any response.

While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has not mandated face coverings for airline travelers, it has warned that it is possible to contract the virus from other passengers that may be infected.

3-U.S-Airlines asked Staff not to enforce Facemask-Policy

“Because of how air spreads and is filtered on flight,” reads the CDC website, “some viruses and other germs do not spread easily on flights. However, there could also be a risk for getting COVID-19 on crowded flights if there are other travelers on board with COVID-19.”

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