American Airlines is following the pack after both Delta and United announced more stringent safely measures, inclusive of stricter mask policies.
In American’s latest announcement, effective July 29, all passengers above the age of two traveling with the airline will now be required to wear their masks from the moment they enter the terminal of the departing airport where they operate (including Admirals Club lounges) and for the duration of their flight. Travelers inside the airport or aircraft will only be allowed to take off their masks when they are eating or drinking.
American Airlines will require all customers over the age of 2 to wear face coverings at airports and on board, strengthening the airline’s commitment to keep customers and team members safe. This requirement will become effective on July 29, 2020. Due to safety risk of asymptomatic COVID-19 transmission by individuals without face coverings, all customers must wear a face covering from the time they enter their departure airport and not remove it until they exit their arrival airport. This updated policy expands American’s face covering requirement to include all areas of the airports at which American operates, including Admirals Club lounges, as well as on board all American flights and does not allow for exemptions for those over 2 years old.
Passengers who cannot wear masks due to medical reasons will no longer get an exception either. Many airlines have stated that travelers are abusing the exceptions to the rules, and American has decided to put their foot down by requirement masks to be worn by everyone except for the two previously mentioned exceptions.
The airline states that those who refuse to wear masks at any time during their journey with them may be barred from future travel for the duration of face mask requirement period.
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