Hawaiian Airlines has implemented new health guidelines for passengers as it continues to address concerns related to the spread of Covid-19.
Starting May 8, passengers must wear a face covering that "effectively covers the mouth and nose" from the time they check in at the airport until they deplane at their destination, according to a statement from the company. Additionally, the airline is reconfiguring check-in and boarding to allow for greater distance between passengers.
Hawaiian Airlines airport staff and flight attendants had previously been directed to wear face masks, and last month the carrier began electrostatic spraying of cabins to aid in disinfection.
"Taking care of our guests and employees has always been our primary focus, and these new health measures will help us maintain a safe travel experience, from our lobbies to our cabins, as Hawaii continues to make progress in containing Covid-19," Peter Ingram, president and CEO at Hawaiian Airlines, said in a statement.
Young children unable to keep a face covering on or guests with a medical condition or disability preventing use of a face covering will be exempted. The airline is also reorganizing boarding and deplaning procedures to decrease congestion, including having flight attendants call rows individually while having others remain seated.