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Coronavirus: Airlines Now Requiring Passengers To Wear Face Masks

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Anyone planning to fly anytime soon will now be required to wear a mask as they check in at the airport, in gate areas and during their flight.

A man wearing a mask exits Tom Bradley Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, April 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

Almost all of the major airlines — including JetBlue, American, Delta, United, Southwest and others — are now requiring passengers to cover their noses and mouths. The new rule goes into effect Monday for United, Delta and JetBlue, while Spirit, American, Southwest and Alaska airlines will follow suit a week later, on May 11.

Some airlines are also checking passengers' temperatures before they board, and all are thoroughly disinfecting seats and common areas before each flight.

Flight attendant unions essentially demanded the new rule for their members' safety, according to Brian Sumers, senior aviation business editor of Skift, said.

"The flight attendants said, 'hey, you know, we're out there flying every day, we're risking our lives,'" he said.

While more people are voluntarily wearing masks to avoid spreading coronavirus, more jurisdictions and businesses are requiring them. Face coverings are required through much of Southern California by local governments, and are now required while shopping at Costco, the largest retailer in the nation to require them, and to visit Six Flags Magic Mountain, which remains closed under California's stay-at-home order.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention recommended that people use non-surgical face masks early last month.

Airlines will provide a face covering for passengers who leave theirs at home.

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