CHICAGO (CBS) — If you’re planning to fly on United, don’t forget your mask.
Starting Friday, the Chicago-based airline will require passengers to wear masks or face coverings in all 360 airports it serves.READ MORE: LIVE UPDATES: Chicago Sky's WNBA Championship Parade And Rally
That’s at every step, from check-in to baggage claim. If you don’t comply, you’ll be kept form boarding your flight or possibly banned from flying United again.
Passengers who believe they have circumstances that prevent them from wearing masks must get permission from United to opt out.
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Face mask ✅
We are extending our face mask requirement to airports. In addition to on board our aircraft, face masks must be worn at customer service counters and kiosks, United Club locations, gates and baggage claim areas.
— United Airlines (@united) July 22, 2020
United said it lost more than $1.6 billion in the second quarter as the coronavirus sent air travel plunging. The Chicago-based airline plans to operate barely over one-third of its normal capacity through September.
It’s borrowing billions to build a huge pile of cash that it hopes will let it hang on. United announced big layoffs could be coming. The airline is warning its workers that nearly half of them could be furloughed.MORE NEWS: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small Companies