JetBlue will require passengers to wear masks, other airlines will provide them for travelers
by Leslie Jacobs/CNBC
Airlines are stepping up policies to ensure that passengers and employees wear face masks on board.
Starting Monday, all JetBlue Airways passengers will be required to wear a face covering, the strictest policy so far in the U.S. and one that follows the New York-based airline’s requirement that flight attendants wear a mask or face covering while on duty.
Airline labor unions have repeatedly demanded stronger protections against coronavirus. While air travel in the U.S. is down some 95% from a year ago, flight crews have raised concerns about catching the virus on the job and have sought federally mandated procedures.
“All airlines should follow JetBlue’s lead, including its efforts to fully communicate the change before it becomes effective next week so that Flight Attendants are not put in the position of being enforcers without information and backing from the airline,” said Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, …read more: