Passengers flying in the US will be required to wear face mask as soon as next week. What’s baffling however is that it’s taken this long for airline executives to reach the groundbreaking conclusion that everyone boarding a plane should be wearing masks.
Airlines Leading The Way?
On Monday, United, JetBlue and Delta will being requiring passengers to keep their mask on from the moment they check-in until exiting the plane.
“While we remain committed to our new standard of clean and to providing more space for our customers when they travel, we take seriously the CDC guidelines for adding this extra layer of protection,” said Bill Lentsch, Delta’s chief customer experience officer. “We believe this change will give customers and employees some additional comfort when traveling with us.”
“Wearing a face covering isn’t about protecting yourself it’s about protecting those around you,” said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and operating chief, in a statement. “This is the new flying etiquette.”
The Airlines Getting There Eventually …
American, Alaska and Southwest will out their face mask policies effective May 11. No word on if flight crews have been instructed to help passengers struggling to put theirs on.
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