Better late than never, I suppose?
Allegiant Air will require face coverings
For quite a while now, Allegiant Air has been the only major US airline to not require passengers to wear masks. That will finally be changing. As of July 2, 2020, Allegiant Air will require passengers to wear face masks at all times when traveling, including at the ticket counter and gate, during boarding, and while onboard the aircraft.
— Brady Duran (@braden_duran) June 26, 2020
Why did it take Allegiant so long to add this rule?
Last week I wrote about how Allegiant Air was the only major US airline to not require face coverings during travel. Here’s how the airline justified the policy:
“We’re constantly evaluating our policies to ensure they best meet our customers’ needs. We strongly encourage passengers to wear face masks in all of our communications with them. We send reminder emails before their flights and make announcements at the gate and on board each flight. However, we find that most of our passengers have already adopted mask-wearing as a standard practice. We’ve also heard from customers with asthma and other health conditions who say they can’t wear masks. We want to ensure our policies accommodate them, as well.
As an extra precaution, we provide each passenger with a free health and safety kit as they board their flights. The kits include a mask, gloves and sanitizing wipes. Passengers tend to already have their own wipes and masks but they appreciate the extra supplies we provide.”
On the one hand, I can appreciate the challenge some other airlines have when it comes to enforcing face mask policies. I don’t love the fact that airlines have created face mask policies they can’t enforce, especially since many people rely on others to wear masks in order to feel comfortable on planes.
On the other hand, at least trying to require face masks to be used seems better than not requiring it.
Allegiant Air will become the last major US airline to require passengers to wear face masks as of July 2, 2020. Welcome to the club, Allegiant!