Southwest Airlines tightens face mask requirement

Posted at 1:59 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 11:38:01-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- While face masks are required for everyone at San Diego International Airport, Southwest Airlines is taking it a step further.

The airline said they are now requiring all passengers to don a face mask for the safety of crew members and other travelers.

Southwest’s policy, which took effect Monday, has one exception -- children under the age of 2 will not have to wear a face covering.

In a statement, Southwest said, in part: “If a customer is unable to wear a face covering or mask for any reason, Southwest regrets that will be unable to transport the individual. In those cases, Southwest hopes the customer will allow them to welcome them onboard in the future, if public health guidance, or other safety related circumstances regarding face coverings changes.”

Before this, Southwest had already stepped up the cleaning and disinfecting of their planes. The airline is also booking a limited number of people on board.

They’re also using HEPA air filters to circulate air through the cabin on every flight. Southwest said these specialized air filters are similar to the technology found in hospitals.

On Wednesday, American Airlines will join Southwest and implement the same face covering requirement.