Alaska Airlines to require masks on all passengers, flight staff

SEATTLE — Face masks will soon be mandatory for all passengers and flight crews on Alaska Airlines planes, the airline announced Friday.

The policy goes into effect on May 11 for passengers, but on Monday for employees whose jobs makes it difficult to maintain 6 feet of space between others, including pilots, flight attendants and customer service agents.

“In light of COVID-19, we’re in a new era of air travel and are continually updating our safety standards to better protect our guests and employees,” said Max Tidwell, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of safety. “For now, this includes wearing masks, which is another layer of protection that can reduce the spread of the virus.”