The industry group, Airlines for America, said health acknowledgments “encourage passengers to make an evaluation of their own health prior to travel,” and said those who refuse to complete the health acknowledgment “may be deemed unfit to travel.”
Airlines for America — which counts among its members Delta, Southwest and United, as well as American, JetBlue, Alaska and Hawaiian — said it expects the health acknowledgment requirement to remain in place throughout the coronavirus crisis.
Delta and other airlines already have been requiring passengers and employees to wear masks and warned that customers who don't comply could lose future flight privileges. Delta said last week it has banned some passengers who refused.
On its website, Delta says that customers and employees are required to wear a face mask or face covering over their nose and mouth throughout travel, including at check-in, gate areas, jet bridges and on board the plane except during meal service. There are exceptions for children and those unable to keep a face covering due to medical conditions.
Airlines for America is also pushing for the Transportation Security Administration to begin checking temperatures at airports and said its members will refund tickets for any passengers with an elevated temperature.