A4A reports major US airlines step up enforcement of face coverings

Airlines for America (A4A) has announced major US airlines will be enforcing face covering policies, putting rigor around rules requiring passengers and customer-facing employees to wear facial coverings over their nose and mouth, the company said.

This is one critical element of the multiple layers that A4A carriers are implementing to mitigate risk and protect passengers and crew.

Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines will be implementing the following policy updates regarding face coverings:

-Preflight Communications: Each airline will clearly articulate its individual face covering policy in communications with customers, which may require passengers to acknowledge the specific rules during the check-in process.
-Onboard Announcements: Onboard the aircraft, crew members will announce specific details regarding the carrier´s face covering policy including the consequences passengers could face for violating the policy.
-Consequences for Noncompliance: Each carrier will determine the appropriate consequences for passengers who are found to be in noncompliance of the airline´s face covering policy up to and including suspension of flying privileges on that airline.

A4A is an industry trade organization representing the leading USairlines, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, FedEx, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and UPS. Air Canada is an associate member.