Beginning April 24, United Airlines will require flight attendants to wear masks while on duty. 

United said the directive is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidance for situations in which social distancing is difficult. United is the second mainline U.S. carrier with such a directive in place, joining Frontier.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents United flight attendants, on Thursday penned a letter to the Department of Transportation and the Department of Health and Human Services imploring the federal government to mandate masks for all commercial flight crews and passengers. 

At least 250 U.S. flight attendants have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, according to the union.

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