Hawaiian Airlines has just updated its safety policies related to face mask requirements, first adopted in early May. Passengers will no longer be able to wear mesh or sheer face masks or those that contain valves of any type. Also, the airline said that face shields may also be worn but they do not replace the mask requirement.
Further, those who are not able to wear masks due to underlying medical conditions or disabilities will now be required to undergo a medical evaluation at the airport to be able to fly. Those who may need exemptions are asked to arrive an additional hour in advance.
“We are adjusting and reinforcing our layered safety protocols to ensure we’re providing the highest level of comfort and protection for our employees and guests. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and cooperation in keeping Hawai‘i a safe destination.” — Jeff Helfrick, Hawaiian Airlines VP, Airport Operations
Passengers are also now required to complete a health acknowledgment form stating they do not have COVID symptoms and affirming that they will wear a face mask for their entire journey.
Other Hawaii airline face mask policies as of August 17, 2020 (subject to change).
Alaska Airlines requires masks for all passengers age 2 and older. There are no medical exemptions. Not permitted are masks with direct exhaust valves, face shields without masks, and masks that don’t cover passengers’ nose and mouth.
American Airlines requires masks for all passengers age 2 and older. There are no medical exemptions. Face shields are permitted with a mask underneath only. Cloth scarfs and bandanas are permitted if they cover both nose and mouth.
Delta Air Lines requires masks for all passengers age 2 and older. Those with underlying medical conditions preventing masks must complete a “clearance-to-fly” and medical consultation process. Masks with exhaust valves are prohibited and face shields must be worn with a mask underneath.
Southwest Airlines also requires masks for all passengers age 2 and older. There are no medical exemptions. Masks with holes or exhaust valves, those made of mesh or lace, bandanas, and other non-secured masks are prohibited. Face shields with face-covering underneath are permitted as are neck gaiters if they cover the nose and mouth and are secured.
United Airlines requires masks for all passengers age 2 and older. There are no medical exemptions. Masks may not contain any vents or openings. A face shield requires a mask underneath.