Delta is strengthening its policy on face masks starting Monday – telling passengers who can’t wear a mask because of a health condition to consider staying home.
The airline said if not, the passenger must complete a health screening before being allowed to fly.
“We encourage customers who are prevented from wearing a mask due to a health condition to reconsider travel," Delta told CNN in a statement.
"If they decide to travel, they will be welcome to fly upon completing a virtual consultation prior to departure at the airport to ensure everyone’s safety, because nothing is more important.”
The consultation will be conducted in private, over the phone. Depending on the outcome of that screening, Delta will decide whether the passenger will be allowed to travel without wearing a mask.
Delta will partner with STAT-MD for the consultations.
STAT-MD “provides inflight emergency consultation as well as fitness to fly ground screening,” according to its website.