June 18 (UPI) -- Beginning Thursday, passengers on United Airlines are required to wear face coverings on all aircraft, and those who don't comply can be banned from flying in the future.
United has joined Delta, American and other carriers in implementing a mandatory mask rule to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
United said in a statement this week "the overwhelming majority" of passengers are complying with the rule, but those who don't will be "placed on an internal travel restriction list."
"Customers on this list will lose their travel privileges on United for a duration of time to be determined pending a comprehensive incident review," the carrier said.
The enforcement policy is in line with an industry-wide crackdown announced this week by Airlines for America, an industry trade organization that represents the major U.S. carriers. It said United, Delta, American, Hawaiian, JetBlue and Southwest will "vigorously" enforce face covering policies that require travelers and many employees wear facial coverings over their nose and mouth.
The plan allows each carrier to determine "appropriate consequences" for violators, up to and including "suspension of flying privileges."
American and Delta both stepped up their policies this week to bar future travel for those who refuse to comply.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (L) passes out face masks when he arrives at Grand Central Station to attend a nearby press conference to enter phase 1 of a four-part reopening plan in New York City on June 8. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo