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Allegiant Airlines will begin requiring customers to wear face coverings

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Posted at 12:54 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 13:44:38-04

LAS VEGAS — Allegiant Airlines will require customers to wear face coverings during all phases of travel starting July 2, the company announced Friday.

That includes at the ticket counter, in the gate area, during boarding, on aircrafts and during flights.

Face coverings may be removed briefly only when eating or drinking.

Customers who do not comply will not be allowed to fly, Allegiant said.

“We found that the vast majority of customers wear masks as a standard practice, but this update adds a layer of assurance and addresses customer needs as communities re-open,” Allegiant Executive Vice President and COO Scott Sheldon said in a news release. “We had hoped to see a federal mandate to wear face masks, so that all airlines could be uniform in their approach, to avoid customer confusion and to aid enforcement. In the absence of that, we are taking this next needed step in our own policy.”

Customers may use their own face covering or the one provided by Allegiant in its free health and safety kits.