Flying? These Airlines Will Require Passengers To Wear Face Masks
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Flying? These Airlines Will Require Passengers To Wear Face Masks

Parker Diakite
Parker Diakite May 4, 2020

As states ease up on their stay-at-home orders, people are starting to get out more, and consequently, air travel will begin picking up soon.

As the world starts to witness glimmers of a gradual return to air travel, we’re also seeing major airlines rolling out new policies aimed at protecting passengers and crew from coronavirus transmission.

Multiple airlines are announcing that passengers will soon be required to wear face masks.

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Travel Noire recently reported that JetBlue Airways announced it would require all passengers to wear face masks starting on May 4 and American Airlines announced shortly after that flight crews and passengers would be required to wear face masks as well.

American will also start handing out sanitizing wipes and gels and face masks to customers in early May, “as supplies and operational conditions allow,” the news release said.

Here’s what other major carriers are doing:

United Airlines

All United Airlines flight attendants are required to wear face masks. United was the first major U.S. carrier to announce the requirement, as reported on CNN.

United Airlines will begin to provide masks to passengers in early May.

“We are not mandating that passengers wear a mask, however, we strongly encourage travelers to follow CDC guidance to wear a face-covering when social distancing is difficult,” Nicole Carriere, a spokeswoman for United told CNN. “By providing the masks, we’re making it that much easier for them to do so.”

The company is also implementing changes to boarding and seat assignments to promote social distancing through at least May 31.

Delta Airlines

Delta Air Lines will require customers to wear face masks starting May 4.

Delta is also blocking middle seats and reducing the number of passengers on each flight. Delta will allow customers to board 10 at a time and changing food and beverage service to reduce touchpoints between passengers and crew, according to the company’s website.

The airline is requiring all employees to wear masks or face coverings when unable to maintain the six-foot social distancing rule, the airline said in a memo to employees on Monday.

American Airlines

American Airlines will require customers to wear face masks or coverings starting on May 11.

In addition to handing out masks to passengers and requiring flight attendants to wear them, American Airlines has turned off some computers and kiosks at ticket counters to her encourage social distancing.

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue is the first major U.S. carrier to require that passengers wear masks, effective May 4.

“Wearing a face covering isn’t about protecting yourself, it’s about protecting those around you,” said Joanna Geraghty, president, and chief operating officer of JetBlue, in a statement. “This is the new flying etiquette.”


Southwest Airlines will begin requiring customers to wear masks aboard its planes starting May 11.

“It is highly encouraged to bring your own hand sanitizer and mask and to wear your mask while traveling. Face coverings or masks will be required for Customers starting May 11. If you forget your mask at home, one will be available for you,” the company said in an update to travelers.


Frontier Airlines announced that passengers would be required to wear a face-covering over their nose and mouth at the airline’s ticket counters, gate areas and onboard starting May 8.

The company announced that it is blocking every other row and will require passengers to agree to a “health acknowledgment” before checking in, to certify that they have not been exposed to COVID-19.

Air Canada

All Air Canada passengers are required to comply with a Canadian government mandate that all passengers flying through, to or from Canada wear a non-medical face mask or face covering over their nose and mouth, as reported on CNN.

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