Poll: Should airlines be lenient regarding passengers wearing masks on board during the pandemic?

U.S. airlines are advising pilots and crew to avoid escalation with passengers who refuse to wear face-coverings in the cabin, illustrating the practical difficulty of enforcing mandatory masks during flight.

In a May 11 memo to the Allied Pilots Association, American Airlines director-flight operations, policy and airspace David Clark said the face covering policy “will become more lenient” once customers are on board the aircraft.

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