According to CNN local time on February 4, major American airlines have also adjusted passenger announcements to remind passengers to strengthen protective measures due to the federal government’s mandatory mask order for public transportation.
The CDC Mask Mandate requires people to wear masks when using any form of public transportation, including onboard airplanes, trains, buses, boats, subways, taxis, etc., as well as in airports and other transportation hub facilities.
Some U.S. airlines have reportedly updated pre-boarding and pre-take-flight notices to remind passengers to enforce mask injunctions:
American Airlines: An American Airlines spokesman said that it had changed its pre-flight announcements, and passengers would hear warnings of the new federal rules when waiting for and boarding.
American Airlines also said that passengers who apply for medical exemption (people who cannot wear masks due to special diseases) must obtain airline approval within 72 hours before flight and produce a negative test for COVID-19, which was warned in an executive order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on January 29.
Delta Airlines: Delta Air Lines has also implemented similar announcement updates to American Airlines.
“The announcements would be similar to this,” said Delta Air Lines spokesman Morgan Durrant in a statement: “As a reminder, federal law requires everyone to wear a mask throughout the flight, including boarding and disemerating.
Even if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a negative test result for COVID-19, you need to do so. Refusal to wear a mask would violate federal law and could result in deportation and punishment under federal law.”
Southwest Airlines and United Airlines have also confirmed to the media that they have updated their announcements on board and before boarding planes, remind passengers of the mask injunction of federal law, and warn people of non-compliance with mask orders. May cause consequences.