Southwest will let you board without a mask


FILE – This Wednesday, July 17, 2019 file photo shows Southwest Airlines planes at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. The Transportation Department’s inspector general said in a report Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 that Southwest Airlines continues to fly airplanes with safety concerns, putting 17 million passengers at risk, while federal officials do a poor job overseeing the airline. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(CNN) – An internal memo by Southwest Airlines told flight crews not to stop passengers from boarding if they refuse to wear a mask.

It states, “We will not deny boarding solely based on a customer’s refusal to wear a face covering.”

The memo says flight attendants should approach the situation with “empathy and respect.”

The airline tells flight attendants to inform customers of the policy and ask them to comply, but not enforce it.

Southwest’s official policy says customers will be asked to wear the masks when social distancing is not possible.

It calls wearing a mask a requirement but does not address what happens when a customer refuses to wear one.


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