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If you refuse to wear a face mask on a United Airlines flight, you'll be placed on a no-fly list

The policy kicks in on June 18.

By
Anna Ben Yehuda
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Although airlines have proposed the use of face coverings on board of flights by both passengers and crew members, United Airlines has now taken the measure a step further: travelers refusing to wear masks will be temporarily banned from flying.

Beginning June 18, the carrier will place anyone unwilling to comply with the requirement on a no-fly list. The duration of the ban has yet to be determined.

"Every reputable institution says wearing a mask is one of the most effective things people can do to protect others from contracting COVID-19, especially in places like an aircraft where social distancing is a challenge,” said Toby Enqvist, the chief customer officer at United, in an official statement.

Passengers not donning the covering will initially be asked to wear a mask and crew members will have some on hand to distribute. If refusing to follow instructions, said passenger will be reported and undergo a "formal review process" before officially being banned. Folks with medical conditions that prevent them from covering their faces will be exempt from the requirement.

Although other U.S.-based airlines—including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines—have also announced that they will take action against those refusing to follow their mask-wearing policies, none of them have committed to as sweeping and as official measures as United has. 

For what it's worth, here's what we think: let's help each other out and be as cautious as possible—both on and off airplanes.

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