American Airlines bans face masks with valves or vents

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American Airlines is the latest major carrier to ban face masks with one-way valves or vents, following similar mandates from airlines including United, Delta and JetBlue.

The announcement comes shortly after the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised against any masks that feature valves or vents, Fox Business reports.

“Wearing a face covering is a responsibility we all share. An effective covering, worn properly, is one of the best ways we can control the spread of COVID-19 to protect our team members and customers,” said Alison Taylor, the chief customer officer at American Airlines

“Since American began requiring face coverings in early May, the vast majority of customers have welcomed our continuing efforts to strengthen the policy based on the CDC’s guidance.”

In addition, American Airlines currently bans masks made with materials that do not prevent the discharge of respiratory droplets, such as mesh or lace. Per the policy, face shields on their own are also not acceptable substitutes for face coverings, says the Fox report.

Those without masks will be provided with one upon request, while “those unwilling to comply with American’s face covering policy at any time during their journey may be denied boarding or barred from future travel for the duration of this policy,” per the announcement.

American’s latest policy goes into effect on August 19.