Multiple Major U.S. Airlines Will Soon be Requiring Passengers to Wear Face Masks

Nick Kangadis | May 1, 2020
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Well, if you love travel but hate wearing masks, have I got some bad news for you. Multiple airlines are now requiring or will soon be requiring all passengers wear face masks for their flights because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the announcements of JetBlue Airways and Frontier Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines all made Thursday announcements that they will "soon" be requiring passengers "to cover their faces during flights," according to the Associated Press (AP).

Some airlines say the move will be in effect this coming Monday, while others - like Frontier - have announced that their face covering requirement will go into effect on May 8.

"Wearing a face covering isn’t about protecting yourself, it’s about protecting those around you," said JetBlue President Joanna Geraghty. "This is the new flying etiquette."

My only question is - and maybe I'm being a bit of a smart aleck here - but if everyone else is wearing a mask aren't you also protected from them?

The AP article also uses an example from a frightened passenger as support for the call for everyone to wear masks on flights all the time.

"If somebody sneezed, we all would have been sick," said passenger Princess Johnson, who commented about a flight in which the few passengers on the plane had to sit in the same section.

Sorry, but that's not necessarily true. People sneezed and coughed before this pandemic and people will after it as well. Not everyone that coughs or sneezes or breathes without a mask has the virus. 

H/T: Fox 32 - Chicago

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