Several major airlines now require passengers to wear face masks


WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH)– The airline industry is struggling to convince passengers that air travel is safe. The latest way they trying is by making it mandatory that passengers wear a face mask during the whole flight.

At Bradley Airport, you see masks on just about everybody, even though nobody seems to like them.

“I don’t like wearing it,” said Springfield resident Jose Ilarraza, as he headed for his flight to Orlando. “I feel like I suffocate sometimes and stuff like that.”

Airlines took action once videos from several recent flights started making the rounds on the internet. They showed crowded planes full of passengers not wearing masks. Most major airlines are now saying masks are or will be mandatory on all flights.

United, JetBlue and Delta Airlines all require masks as of today. One week from today, Spirit, Southwest, and American Airlines will all put their mandatory mask orders into effect. As much as passengers might not like it, they know the masks are necessary.

“I think people should try to stay as far away as possible right now,” said Tulane University Senior Abby Sullivan, as she caught a flight back to campus to pick up the belongings she left behind when the virus struck. “I understand that there are a lot of people that need to go back and forth and need to go to their jobs or even to the grocery stores, but we have to really to do our part as much as we can to stop the spread.”

Most airlines are also not selling tickets for middle seats to allow more distance on the planes. Bradley airport itself has increased its cleaning schedule for the handful of passengers still using it.

Airlines are now reporting a slight increase in passengers, but Bradley is still deserted for a lot of the day, and the arrival and departure boards only list a handful of flights.

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