Delta and American Airlines drop Mask Mandate, Will not Enforce
Following Alaska Airlines and continuing in the path of the court ruling overturning the CDC mandate, Delta Airlines and American Airlines have dropped the requirement to wear masks, known as the mask mandate, effectively immediately. News is happening pretty quickly, so expect a slow rollout for signage and employee adoption in US airports.
Per the communication from the White House, the mask mandate will no longer be enforced on domestic flights or in airports, but they may still be required for international flights, depending on the country’s specific requirements.
American Airlines and Delta released there messages at the same time, 7pm eastern. The messages are quite different however.
We are deeply grateful to our team members for their enforcement of the mandate, and will share more information about this transition in the coming days.
We are relieved to see the U.S. mask mandate lift to facilitate global travel as COVID-19 has transitioned to an ordinary seasonal virus. Thank you for your support in complying with the federal mask mandate and keeping each other, and our customers, safe during the pandemic.
We’re still waiting to hear an official release from United Airlines, so in the meantime, if you were wondering if you have to wear a mask on your flight, if you’re flying on Alaska, American, or Delta, the answer is “it’s up to you.”