Saturday, 2 May 2020

Frontier Airlines require customers to wear face coverings from 8th May

Frontier Airlines require customers to wear face coverings from 8th May

The US budget carrier will require all passengers to wear a face-covering over their nose and mouth at the airline’s ticket counters, gate areas and onboard from May 8th, 2020. 

“We want our passengers to feel comfortable when flying with us by protecting themselves and their fellow travellers as we all navigate the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines. “This new measure is aligned with CDC recommendations and those of many municipalities within the U.S. that include wearing a face covering when out in public.”

In addition to the face-covering requirement, earlier this month Frontier implemented an order that passengers have to agree to before they are allowed to fly:  
Neither they nor anyone in their household has exhibited Covid-19 related symptoms in the last 14 daysThey will check their temperature before heading to the airport and not travel if they have a feverThey will wash their hands/sanitize before boarding the flightInformation on the airline’s face covering policy will be added to the health acknowledgement

Although how they could possibly enforce such a requirement is beyond conventional operations and would be hard to prove, one way or another. It could also be seen as rather insulting to Frontier's passengers,  the airline doesn't trust you to wash your hands normally but requires you to sign an agreement that you have.

Frontier also introduced a fogging disinfectant to its aircraft cleaning and sanitation protocols. The fogging includes virtually every surface in the passenger cabin and aircraft are wiped down every night with additional disinfectant, as well. Although the fogging only occurs once a day and not between flights.  

To support social distancing during flight, Frontier is blocking every other row on its aircraft departing on flights through the first week of May and is allowing customers to change seats once onboard within their respective zones.

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