United Airlines to Require Flight Attendants to Don Masks

By Paul Riegler on 24 April 2020
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United Airlines said that it was requiring flight attendants to wear face coverings while on duty, effective immediately.

The policy calls for facemasks or other types of face coverings.

The airline is provisioning 20 masks on each of its aircraft used for domestic flights and 40 on those used for international service.  Because of the shortage of masks, it won’t be restocking masks for each flight so crewmembers will be expected to reuse theirs at least several times.

The move makes United the second U.S. carrier to enact such a policy and the third North American carrier to do so.  JetBlue Airways began to require that cabin crew wear masks on April 19.  Air Canada promulgated a similar rule that went into effect April 20, but the airline also requires passengers to don face coverings as well.

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