Parents face holiday flight nightmare if kids can't keep masks on. But airlines take a hard line.
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For families with young children that have decided to Travelers United, a consumer advocacy group, because airlines may be inconsistent concerning how they enforce masks rules when it comes to kids.
Every leading U.S. airline will require passengers to wear facial coverings during flights. Airlines say they won't let customers without masks board a plane. (May 6) AP Domestic
The level of enforcement may vary "from airplane to airplane, crew to crew," given that some airlines give their flight attendants more leeway than others, Leocha said, even if they take a hard line with their written policies, which generally offer few exceptions, even for medical conditions.
There is little variation between carriers when it comes to the written policies. But one exception is Delta Air Lines, with a policy that states "young children who cannot maintain a face covering are exempt from the mask requirement." It does not define "young." Delta is also an outlier when it comes to letting people fly without a mask because of medical conditions, but it says those who do need to complete a "clearance to fly" protocol before they are granted an exemption.
Passengers who won't comply with mask requirements on planes are often put on carriers' no-fly lists, banned from future flights.
A Texas woman, Alyssa Sadler, had to leave a Southwest Airlines jet in August after her 3-year-old son, who has autism, wouldn't wear his mask, the Associated Press reported. JetBlue Airways ejected Chaya Bruck and her six children when her 2-year-old daughter wouldn't keep on a mask.
It's not just happening in the U.S. but in Canada, as well: Aaron Munn was booted from a WestJet flight when his 2-year-old son spurned a mask.
"It's foolishness," Munn told the CBC/Radio Canada.
Jodi Degyansky encountered the issue firsthand on a flight from Fort Myers, Florida, 真人百家家乐官网网站home to Chicago last month when a flight attendant raised objections to her 2-year-old son having pulled his mask down to eat. The aircraft was still on the ground, and Degyansky had hoped a quick snack would lull her son asleep, making it easy to keep his mask on him during the flight.
"I knew the mask would be challenging," Degyansky said. All went according to plan: She got his mask on and signaled a thumbs-up to a flight attendant, who acknowledged it.
By then, the pilot was taxiing back to the gate, where the pair were escorted off the plane,forcing her to buy tickets to fly 真人百家家乐官网网站home on another airline. Degyansky said they were observing Southwest's rules; passengers are allowed to pull down their masks while eating or drinking. She also said she has no issue with the age limitation when it comes to masks.
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Nishida said kids are more likely to keep masks in place if they fit their little faces and are comfortable. To accomplish it, she said she uses breathable cotton fabric, makes the elastic adjustable and offers catchy fabrics. Vibrant colors or superhero prints like Spider-Man are popular with children.
"If you let your kids pick the print, they will be more inclined to wear them," she said.
For one passionate young fan of the My Little Pony franchise, Nishida said she ordered custom fabric for their mask. As for her son, Jude, his latest mask has pink polka dots.
"I never have to bribe a kid to keep a mask on," she said. "He’s very happy to wear it."