Airlines warn passengers: Wear a mask or you can't fly

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Airlines are cracking down on travelers who refuse to wear a mask on board flights and in some cases temporarily banning them.
U.S. airlines are cracking down on travelers who refuse to wear face masks on board, a requirement that aims to protect passengers and crews from Covid-19.

The federal government recommends but doesn't mandate face coverings like masks for air travelers and for other situations where physical distancing is difficult. So last month, U.S. carriers began requiring passengers to wear them on board, with some exceptions such as medical issues or if travelers are eating or drinking.

"We take the requirement to wear a mask very seriously," Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said in a staff note Thursday. "Customers who choose not to comply with this or any other safety requirement risk losing their future flight privileges with Delta. So far, there have thankfully only been a handful of cases, but we have already banned some passengers from future travel on Delta for refusing to wear masks on board."

American Airlines last week said it prohibited a traveler from flying on the Fort Worth-based airline after he refused to wear a mask on board and was asked to leave a flight in New York. The ban will be in effect as long as American requires masks on board, it said.

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