This is only under consideration?

Courtesy of Reuters

U.S. airline passengers who refuse to wear face coverings during the novel coronavirus pandemic could have their flying privileges revoked under tougher enforcement policies, the industry’s main lobby group said on Monday.

Major U.S. airlines may prevent anyone not wearing a mask from boarding and provide the coverings to passengers who have none. Once on board, however, flight attendants have had little power over passengers who remove the face covering.

Carriers with the stricter policy include Alaska Airlines (ALK.N), American Airlines (AAL.O), Delta Air Lines (DAL.N), Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways (JBLU.O), Southwest Airlines (LUV.N) and United Airlines (UAL.O), Airlines for America said in a statement.

The airlines will clearly inform passengers about their individual policies on face coverings before flying, followed by an announcement with specific details onboard, it said.

Each carrier will decide the appropriate consequences for passengers who fail to comply, up to and including being put on that airline’s no-fly list.

Airlines offer certain exemptions, including when people are eating or drinking.

That eating and drinking exception undermines this entire policy. 

If people are allowed to remove their masks inflight, for whatever reason, it endangers the other passengers on that plane. 

It is not like you suddenly stop shedding the virus just because you are hungry.

And I think that if Airline companies were to enforce a consistent mask policy from the beginning to the end of each flight, they might see their number of passengers increase significantly. 

Right now I would not get on a plane unless Alaska was suddenly overrun with zombies, and then I would have to think over my options first.