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Summary generated on August 9, 2020
DETROIT, Mich. - Last week, a Delta Airlines flight was forced to return to the gate in Detroit when two of their customers wouldn't wear masks.
In a statement provided to NPR, Delta wrote: "Medical research tells us that wearing a mask is one of the most effective ways to reduce the COVID-19 infection rate." The airline "Remains committed to requiring customers and employees to wear a mask or face covering as a consistent layer of protection across all Delta touchpoints."
All major U.S. airlines now require passengers to wear face coverings, but adults are generally permitted to remove a mask only when eating or drinking, though policy varies.
Some airlines are going a step further in creating new pandemic policies.
Emirates airline "Free global coverage for COVID-19," includes financial assistance for COVID-19 health expenses for those who test positive for the virus during their trip as well as covering funeral costs.
Plus, for airlines, the risk posed by a passenger without a mask could be a concern, says Dr. Julie Cantor, an attorney and physician who studies the intersection of law and medicine.
As for exceptions to the mask rule, Delta's procedure involves a "Virtual consultation process facilitated by a Delta agent with a third-party medical professional [and] could take up to an hour." The airline generally encourages customers with underlying conditions that preclude mask-wearing to "Reconsider travel altogether."