The New York-based airline JetBlue becomes ﬁrst U.S. airline to make ﬂyers wear face masks.
This will happen beginning May 4. Exception small children who are not able to keep a face mask on. To help, JetBlue said it will have a small number of masks for passengers who don’t bring their own. Previously, the airline has required that ﬂight attendants wear masks since April 19. “Wearing a face covering isn’t about protecting yourself it’s about protecting those around you,” Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and chief operating ofﬁcer, said in a statement announcing the change.
On Monday, this week, Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., a member on the aviation subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, sent a letter to FAA administrator Stephen Dickson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redﬁeld and the secretaries of Transportation, Elaine Chao and Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, urging them to require face masks. “We know that masks are one of the most effective tools to mitigate people’s risk of exposure when those around them are also wearing masks,” Cohen said in the letter. Last week a new policy that requires air travelers to cover their faces at the airport and on planes was added in Canada, too.