JetBlue has announced it will require passengers to wear facemarks when they travel, the company said.
The airline requires passengers to wear masks during check-in, security checking, travel and deplaning. Currently the FAA does not require passengers to wear face masks.
The airline said wearing a face covering isn´t about protecting the traveler; it´s about protecting those around them. Onboard, cabin air is well circulated and cleaned through filters every few minutes, but this is a shared space where passengers must be considerate of others.
Other airlines require flight attendants to wear face masks while inflight, but it has not been required for passengers beyond and encouragement to follow CDC guidelines for face coverings.
The Association of Flight Attendants has written to the US Transportation Secretary and the Health and Human Services Secretary asking them to mandate flight crews and passengers alike be required to wear face masks. US Transportation Secretary said it is encouraging the unions and the management of the airlines to talk to one another, and the department is bringing them together and talking about these issues.