Continuing a new trend in the aviation industry, American Airlines has announced that it will be requiring all flyers to wear face coverings or masks on their flights.
The move will take effect on May 11, according to a statement from the world’s largest airline.
The move is part of what American Airlines called an “ongoing commitment to prioritizing customer and team member well-being in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”
The coverings can range from homemade cloth face coverings to surgical or other masks.
“The American Airlines team continues to prioritize the safety of our customers and team members, and requiring a face covering is one more way we can protect those on our aircraft,” said Kurt Stache, Senior Vice President of Customer Experience. “We ask customers to bring their own masks or face coverings they’re comfortable with when they travel. American is working to procure face masks and hand sanitizer as a supplement.”