One after the other, major U.S. airlines are now requiring passengers and crew to wear face masks in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. Although many passengers have taken it upon themselves to wear facial covering, they will no longer have to make that choice themselves. With JetBlue leading the cause, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Southwest and United will soon be implementing similar policies.
Until this point in time, face masks have only been encouraged, not required. However, the change follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines that recommend everyone wear masks while in public. Although guidelines suggest that people stay six feet apart, this is obviously not always possible on an airplane.
Some airlines have made efforts to ensure there is enough space between passengers on flights. United’s CCO Toby Enqvist recently stated, “We’re automatically blocking middle seats to give you enough space on board.”
By blocking off middle seats or leaving entire rows empty, passengers have felt more comfortable while flying. Delta has even gone as far to put a cap on the number of seats sold per flight. The idea is that with less seats sold, passengers will be able to put social distancing to better practice.
Due to pressure from the public, expect many if not all major U.S. airlines to require passengers to wear face masks. With that being said, you can do so without sacrificing style. If you’re planning to travel anytime in the near (or far) future you’ll need to invest in a mask or two. Considering these masks are becoming the new normal, there’s no reason you can’t make a fashion statement while covering up.
Below we’ve listed some cute and comfortable face masks listed on Etsy.