United Airlines is getting totally serious about the safety of their customers and employees. Effective this coming Friday, June 18th, the carrier will place any uncooperative passenger who doesnt follow its mask policy on an internal travel restriction list. What does this mean? Specifically, unabiding customers will lose their travel privileges for an indefinite lengthy of time that will be determined after a close review of the incident in question. The minimum no-fly designation will be for no less than 60 days.
Passengers with a medical condition or disability that precludes them from wearing a mask will be excluded from the new rules. If a flight attendant has determined that a customer isn’t exempt and has advised them of the mandatory mask requirement, the airline will offer to provide one free-of-charge. If the passenger continues their non-compliance they will be provided with an information card about United’s policy and the consequences of not following the rules. As a last resort, the cabin crew will file a report of the incident upon arrival at the next destination.
United has been requiring face masks since May 4, but is taking this stricter stance to deal with the small number of passengers who remain obstinate about the mask stipulation.