JetBlue requires masks for all passengers: Coronavirus Live Updates: NPR

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A traveler wearing a face mask looks at the dashboard at Reagan National Airport in Washington last month. JetBlue is the first major American airline to require passengers to wear a face covering.

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A traveler wearing a face mask looks at the dashboard at Reagan National Airport in Washington last month. JetBlue is the first major American airline to require passengers to wear a face covering.

Alex Edelman / AFP via Getty Images

As of May 4, all travelers who will walk in an airplane operated by JetBlue must wear an essential accessory: a face mask. The airline announced on Monday that within a week it will be mandatory for all passengers to cover their mouths and noses while boarding to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The JetBlue crew members have already received the same mandate.

“This is the new flight tag,” said JetBlue president and chief operating officer Joanna Geraghty in a press release attached to the announcement. “On board, the cabin air is well circulated and cleaned through filters every few minutes, but it is a shared space where we must be attentive to others. “

By announcing the rule, JetBlue has become the first major US airline to require passengers to wear some kind of face covering throughout their journey – from check-in to when they get off the plane at their destination .

But it’s also far from being the only one in an industry that is regularly evolving towards a more widespread use of masks: American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have recently announced their intention to require their flight crews to wear masks starting this week, while United and Frontier released orders earlier this month. American and Delta also said they would encourage passengers to wear masks by distributing them before flights.

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