Skip to content
Subscriber Only

Top U.S. Airlines Make Passengers Wear Face Masks Throughout Trips

  • Top five carriers follow JetBlue on mandates for passengers
  • Carriers mostly require workers to wear coverings as well
A traveler walks on a moving walkway at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on April 9.
A traveler walks on a moving walkway at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on April 9.Photographer: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg
Updated on

U.S. airline passengers soon will have to don a new accessory: face masks.

Delta, Alaska, United, American, and Southwest will start requiring face masks this month -- establishing a new standard as the industry fights to win back customers during the coronavirus pandemic. The biggest five carriers are following JetBlue Airways Corp., which said April 27 that travelers starting next week would have to cover their noses and mouths during trips.