Delta is tightening regulations for wearing masks on its flights and this week issued a statement that masks with exhaust valves are no longer allowed on their planes. “Any mask with an exhaust valve is not approved as an acceptable face mask for customers traveling on a flight operated by Delta,” the Delta website now declare.
Masks with exhaust valves are intended for use in industrial environments like construction to avoid inhaling particles of material, but they do not prevent the spread of viral particles. The escape allows viral particles to escape from the mask, which means if you have COVID-19, you can spread the disease while wearing the mask.
So what type of mask to wear? A simple cloth mask that covers your nose and mouth at all times is enough. If you are unsure of your mask, Delta also offers masks to wear.
In addition, plastic face shields are not sufficient as face covers. They can be worn in addition to a mask covering the nose and mouth, but not alone.
It is important to know that masks are mandatory throughout to travel with Delta. You will need to wear a mask when checking in in the lobby, at Delta Sky Clubs, in boarding areas, on jet decks and, of course, on board.
While at the start of the year there were fewer regulations regarding wearing masks on flights, all airlines now require them on their flights. Airlines companies forbid customers who refuse to wear masks and crack down on those who falsely claim to have health problems preventing them from wearing masks.
“Any misrepresentation of a disability or medical condition to obtain an exemption from wearing a mask or face covering may result in the suspension of travel privileges on any Delta flight during the duration of the mask / face covering requirement, ”says Delta’s website.
Delta has banned more than 100 passengers from flying and placed them on a no-fly list for the duration of the mask requirement. Delta CEO Ed Bastian said, “If you get on the plane and insist on not wearing your mask, we will insist that you no longer fly Delta in the future.
Other airlines also tightened their mask policies this month. United Airlines announced that passengers will be required to wear masks at the 360 airports where the airline operates at customer service counters, kiosks and on flights. American Airlines has also created a no-fly mask-related list, but has not indicated how many passengers the list has included so far.
People refusing to wear masks on flights have also become an online phenomenon with other passengers denouncing their actions and posting their actions on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or TikTok. Generally speaking, most passengers adhere to mask requirements to protect themselves and others during air travel.
The COVID-19 crisis is far from over in the United States – Florida and California set record yesterday death. With masks now a well-established way to prevent the spread of disease, it makes sense for airlines to tighten regulations around wearing masks. Masks with exhaust valves do not prevent the spread of virus particles and will therefore no longer be allowed on Delta flights. Simple cloth masks are suitable for the airline and if in doubt Delta will provide you with a mask.