United Airlines says it has become the first “major US-based carrier” to require all of its flight attendants to wear face masks when on duty.
The news follows yesterday’s announcement by United that social distancing will be implemented on all flights by the end of April, including leaving middle seats empty.
The airline said that the decision was “in line with the most recent CDC recommendation that say wearing a cloth face covering is advisable when in public and when social distancing is difficult to maintain”.
It added that “We understand that many aspects of the flight attendant’s duties, both on and off the aircraft, can make practicing social distancing challenging, which is why this new initiative is so important”.
Cabin crew will be supplied with one mask each per duty day, and said that attendants may also choose to wear their own cloth mask.