Alaska Airlines getting serious about masks

As part of a final warning, this yellow card could be issued to a guest who repeatedly refuses to wear a mask or face covering on our aircraft. (photo from Alaska Airlines)

Alaska Airlines is getting serious about wearing masks on their flights.

This week, the airline announced that flight attendants will be able to issue what is called a “final notice” to any guest who repeatedly refuses to wear a mask or face covering.

The warning comes in the form of a yellow card, which flight attendants could hand to travelers who disregard Alaska’s mask requirements. With that card, the flyer’s travel will be reviewed, and possibly suspended, for a period.

The yellow card warning is part of Alaska Airlines mask enforcement policy. At check-in, travelers will be asked to sign off on a required health agreement, including their willingness to adhere to the mask policy.

Exceptions are any children under the age of 2, anyone with a medical issue or disability that creates trouble breathing or prevents wearing a mask and anyone who cannot remove a mask without assistance.

Alaska has had to implement this policy as flight crew continually encounter travelers who disregard or disobey the airline’s mask requirement.

Alaska Airlines president Ben Minicucci said, “We’re counting on both our guests and employees to be considerate of one another to wear face coverings and contribute to our constant effort to keep everyone healthy and safe.”

If you forget your mask, don’t worry. Alaska Airlines will provide a mask for you. And the airline will also be providing hand-sanitizer wipes on flights.

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