Delta Passengers Are No Longer Allowed to Wear Masks with Valves

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Delta Passengers Are No Longer Allowed to Wear Masks with Valves

Delta has been tightening rules recently in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. Last week it announced a new health screening process for passengers who can’t wear masks on-board due to health related reasons.

Now there is a new rule for what masks are appropriate when on board a Delta flight. The airline released a statement this week saying that masks with exhaust valves are no longer allowed. “Any mask with an exhaust valve is not approved as an acceptable face mask for customers traveling on any Delta operated flight,” the website says.

These masks with exhaust valves are intended for industrial use like construction, to avoid inhaling harmful particles. They have have a small plastic piece embedded in the fabric, which is a one-way valve. It closes when you breathe in, but opens when you breathe out. So they are not a useful option to prevent the spread of virus particles.

Delta suggest that passengers use simple cloth mask that covers your nose and mouth. Plastic face shield are not sufficient either, and can only be worn in addition to a face mask. Delta also provides masks to wear it you do not have one.

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  1. So we think a surgical mask with huge gaps on the side protects others better then an M95 with a vent? Wow well we think

  2. I have a mask with a valve but all valves are not equal some are much cheaper & release air much more then others but I disagree with Delta. My high quality M95 with a valve is much better protection then others wearing many type of mask, many with with their nose hanging out, thin cloth, loose fitting etc. With EVERY mask your exhaust is escaping from the nose area (as anyone with glasses knows this) from the sides, or people with beards coming out the bottom. I have yet to see anyone wearing a true sealed and filtered mask (such as a gas mask or respirator) which all exhale air is forced through the filter Vs escaping from a vent or other part of the mask. Unless your wearing a respirator your mask 100% is leaking exhaust, Bottom line if every one would wears some type of mask to protect themself they wont have to worry. If your worried about what part of the mask someone exhale is escaping from then your probably one of the people not wearing a mask worried someone else will infect you.

  3. I have 2 N95 masks but they have a valve. I guess they really are meant for your own protection and not to protect others, so good move.

    • Lol, The mask hysteria continues as the invisible monster kills millions upon millions right?everybody stay home for the rest of their life and stay safe because that’s what life is all about right? And so freedom dies, not with a bang but with a whimper

  4. We’re closer to having Hydroxi approved then every before, so thankfully we’ll soon be able to get back to normal.

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