Alaska Airlines Will Give Yellow Cards to Passengers Who Don’t Wear Masks
Alaska Airlines will enforce in-flight mask-wearing rules using yellow cards. Starting in July, the airline will give non-compliant passengers a yellow card, a soccer reference that is a warning before the final red card that throws you out of the game. The yellow card advises passengers that it is their “final notice” and that a written post-flight report about them will be made. If a passenger continues to refuse, it will be noted in the report and a decision could be made to ban the offending passenger from future flights.
“Overwhelmingly, those who fly with us understand and appreciate the importance of wearing masks and face coverings during this time of COVID-19. We also rely heavily on our guests to do the right thing for the greater good of everyone onboard our flights,” Alaska Airline said in its blog post.
“We understand not everyone is able to wear a face covering when traveling. A few exceptions include children under age 2; anyone with a medical issue that creates trouble breathing; anyone who cannot remove a mask without assistance; or anyone with a disability that prevents wearing a mask,” the airline said.
All passengers will be asked during check-in to sign off on a required health agreement to acknowledge and attest to their willingness to adhere to the mask policy. For guests who might forget their own mask, Alaska Airlines will provide one upon request. It will also provide individual hand-sanitizer wipes on board.