American Airlines distributes face masks, sanitizing wipes to passengers

American Airlines has announced it has begun distributing face masks and sanitizing wipes or gels to passengers board American aircraft, the company said.

The airline is also requiring flight attendants to wear protective masks during every mainline and regional flight as of May 1.

American Airlines said its offering of personal protective equipment to customers will expand to all flights as supplies and operational conditions allow.

The airlines said it has added a drawer in the galley on every mainline flight that contains personal protective equipment, including masks for flight attendants and pilots, and other sanitizing items.

Improvements to cleaning procedures on board its flights will begin this week and will be expanded to every mainline as well as regional flight over time. The carrier will expand deeper cleanings and disinfection to all regional flights.