Yadira Barajas walks with her children Owen Vargas, 11, and 6-year-old twins Madison and Madelyn Contreras, as they prepare for a flight to Mexico at Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, which is requiring travelers to wear face coverings to help keep fellow passengers and crew safe by limiting the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, on May 11, 2020. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Airlines for America (A4A), a trade organization that represents leading U.S. airlines, says that its member carriers are vowing to vigorously enforce face-covering policies put in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some passengers have reportedly been seen shirking the current requirements that they wear masks, or other nose-and-mouth coverings, in the airport and aboard their flights. All mainline U.S. carriers (except Allegiant) had implemented the mandatory wearing of masks by passengers back in May.
As it turned out, most major airlines weren't prepared to back up those policies. In fact, American, Delta and United had all initially instructed crew members not to force passengers to wear masks if they encountered pushback from the customer.