U.S. Airlines Tell Their Crews Not to Force Passengers to Wear Life-Saving Masks, As They Breathe Recirculated Air
Reuters reports that American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines told their flight attendants not to force passengers to wear life-saving face masks, even though passengers and crew are breathing recirculated air in the cabin.
The three airlines told Reuters that airline employees may deny boarding at the gate to anyone not wearing a face mask, and are providing masks to passengers who do not have them.
However, American Airlines explained to its pilots — in a message seen by Reuters — how the policy changes:
Once on board and off the gate, the face covering policy becomes more lenient. The flight attendant’s role is informational, not enforcement, with respect to the face covering policy.
Bottom line to the pilots: a passenger on board your aircraft who is being compliant with the exception of wearing a face covering is NOT considered disruptive enough to trigger a Threat Level 1 response.