Alaska Airlines to Give Yellow Cards for No Mask
Alaska Airlines will start warning travelers who do not follow face covering rules on board. The airline will issue yellow cards to those who refuse to wear masks, a warning takes from soccer’s rulebook where the card is issued ad a warning after a foul, and a second yellow means expulsion.
“Overwhelmingly, those who fly with us understand and appreciate the importance of wearing masks and face coverings during this time of COVID-19,” Alaska Airlines said in its blog post. “We also rely heavily on our guests to do the right thing for the greater good of everyone onboard our flights.”
Starting in early July, flight attendants will be empowered to issue a final notice to any guest who repeatedly refuses to wear a mask or face covering on board our aircraft. With that warning, in the form of a yellow card handed to them, the guest’s travel privileges will be reviewed and could be suspended for a period.
Passengers refusing to wear masks during the boarding process and prior to takeoff, will be denied access to or removed from the plane. The yellow cards apply to noncompliance while in-flight.
There are some exceptions to the mask rules for; children under age 2; anyone with a medical issue that creates trouble breathing; anyone who cannot remove a mask without assistance; or anyone with a disability that prevents wearing a mask.
All guests will also be asked during check-in to sign off on a required health agreement to acknowledge and attest to their willingness to adhere to the mask policy. For guests who might forget their own mask, Alaska Airlines will have them available upon request. Starting in July, individual hand-sanitizer wipes will also be provided on board.