Effective 19 August 2020, and following the most
recent recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), face coverings with exhausts valves or vents
will no longer be allowed for travel with American Airlines.
The CDC notes that face coverings with
one-way valves or vents allow exhaled air to be expelled through
holes in the material. These can allow exhaled respiratory
droplets to reach others and potentially spread COVID19.
ďWearing a face covering is a responsibility we
all share. An effective covering, worn properly, is one of the
best ways we can control the spread of COVID19 to protect our
team members and customers,Ē said Alison Taylor, Chief Customer
Officer at American. ďSince American began requiring face
coverings in early May, the vast majority of customers have
welcomed our continuing efforts to strengthen the policy based on
the CDCís guidance.Ē
American began requiring face coverings on board
its flights in May and, in July, announced it would only allow
exemptions for customers under 2 years old.
The airline requires
all other customers to wear a face covering from the time they
enter the airport where their trip begins until they leave the
airport where their trip ends.
Based on the updated CDC guidance, below are
examples of face coverings customers can and cannot wear while
traveling with American.
A well-secured cloth or mask that fits snugly
against the face and covers an individualís nose and mouth. It
must be made of a material that prevents the discharge and release
of respiratory droplets from a person's nose or mouth.
- Face coverings with exhaust valves;
coverings made with materials such as mesh or lace fabrics;
Face coverings that do not cover the nose and mouth; and
shields without the addition of a face covering.
Only children under the age of 2 are exempt from
Americanís face covering policy.
Customers without an approved
face covering will be provided with an approved one, upon request,
at the airport. Face coverings can only be briefly removed while
the customer is eating or drinking.
Those unwilling to comply with Americanís face covering policy at
any time during their journey may be denied boarding or barred
from future travel for the duration of this policy.
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