American Airlines is taking
a tougher stance against those customers who do not comply with the
requirement to wear a face covering, such as a mask.
American, like other U.S. airlines, requires customers to
wear a face covering while on board aircraft and already
enforces this policy at the gate and will deny boarding to
customers who don’t comply.
The airline has now said that it may also
deny future travel for customers who refuse to wear a face
A statement issued by American Airlines on
Tuesday, says, "We believe the face
covering requirement is important, so customers will notice more
reminders of our policy as they travel with us, both at the
airport and in flight."
Some passengers are exempt from the
face covering requirement, such as young children and those with a
disability or medical reason for why they cannot wear a face
covering. The policy also does not apply while eating or drinking.
Other airlines taking similar action include
Alaska Airlines, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest and
The new policy came into effect on Tuesday.