Southwest Airlines Announces Toughest Face Mask Policy Among U.S. Airlines
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Southwest Airlines Announces Toughest Face Mask Policy Among U.S. Airlines

Kelsey Marie
Kelsey Marie Jul 23, 2020

If you’re planning on traveling with Southwest Airlines anytime soon, you should know that wearing a mask will be non-negotiable. 

The airline announced Wednesday that it would be getting rid of all face-covering requirement exemptions with the exception of children under 2 years old. This new policy makes it the toughest among airlines in the U.S. 

Following Southwest’s announcement on Wednesday, American Airlines Group Inc. also announced they would implement a similar policy. 

Prior to these announcements, airlines were allowing passengers with medical conditions to be exempt from wearing masks. 

Southwests’ new policy will be enforced starting on July 27th meaning passengers with medical conditions and disabilities will also have to wear masks. 

Although the airline will allow passengers to remove their masks to eat, drink, and take medicine; these instances are expected to be very brief. 

American Airlines will enforce its new policy starting July 29th, requiring all passengers over the age of 2 to wear face masks while on board. 

It is still unclear who would be responsible if passengers were turned away because they refuse to wear a mask. 

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