American Airlines is starting to require its passengers to wear face shields on all its flights. The requirement will take effect on Monday, May 11th. The company said in a statement.
According to the company, the requirement is intended to promote the well-being of passengers and staff during the Korona period. Since May Day, face protection has been mandatory for American Airlines staff on all flights.
The company bases its decision on a policy by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that a simple face mask slows the spread of the virus and prevents asymptomatic carriers from infecting the virus with others. The only exception to the requirement is very young passengers or people who have been prevented from using a face mask for health reasons.
American Airlines said it will begin distributing face shields and disinfectant wipes to its passengers. The company still asks its passengers to bring their own face shields for the flight.
According to the company, most American Airlines aircraft use HEPA air filters, which allow the aircraft to change air 15-30 times an hour.