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AFA Statement on Increased Mask Enforcement of Airlines

Date: June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 15, 2020) — On Monday, Airlines for America (A4A) announced that its member carriers will be vigorously enforcing face covering policies, putting rigor around rules requiring passengers and customer-facing employees to wear facial coverings over their nose and mouth. Association of Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson, representing nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants at 19 airlines, release the following statement:

“Masks are essential to keep passengers, flight attendants, and frontline aviation workers safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. It is also essential to rebuild confidence in air travel. The federal government has completely abdicated its responsibility to keep the flying public and aviation workers safe during COVID-19. Today’s action by Airlines for America members is important, but the industry alone cannot fix this. We once again call on the federal government to mandate masks for passengers and frontline workers and implement broader action on COVID-19 safety measures in aviation.”


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