American Airlines is the latest major airline to ban masks with one-way valves or vents, following similar orders from airlines including United, Delta and JetBlue.
The notice comes as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on the matter, recommending not to use any respirator with valves or vents.
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“Wearing a face veil is a responsibility we share. Alison Taylor, the chief customer officer of American Airlines, said in a media release released Wednesday, Alison Taylor, one of the best ways we can control the spread of COVID-19 to secure protect your team members and your customers. “Since Americans started asking for a face mask in early May, the vast majority of customers have welcomed our relentless effort to reinforce CDC guidelines.”
In addition, American Airlines currently prohibits masks made of material that does not prevent the release of airway droplets, such as nets or lace. According to the policy, private face visors are also not accepted as a substitute for face visors.
Those without a mask will be provided with one upon request, while “those who do not want to comply with US veil policy at any time during their journey may be denied boarding or be Prohibit future travel for the duration of this policy, ”according to the notice.
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The latest US policy takes effect on August 19.
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Several other carriers have also announced similar bans, including United and JetBlue, both of which announced their policies in early August and Delta, announcing bans on masks valid for entry. end of July.
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Passengers on these major airlines are still allowed to take off their masks for a short time to eat and drink. People under 2 years of age may also be exempt.
News of the new US policy came just days after the CDC updated its effective masking guidelines and recommended not to use valid versions.
“The purpose of the mask is to prevent airway droplets from reaching others to aid in source control. The mask has a check valve or vent that allows exhaled air to be pushed out through holes in the material. This could allow exhaled airway droplets to reach others and potentially spread the COVID-19 virus, ”the federal agency stated in its guidelines.
“Therefore, the CDC does not recommend the use of a respirator if they have an exhalation valve or vents.”
Fox News’s Madeline Farber and Cortney Moore contributed to this report.