WestJet announces zero tolerance face mask policy

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WestJet has announced multiple new safety guidelines including rules that could see passengers banned for up to a year if they don’t comply with the airline’s mask regulations.

Starting on September 1st WestJet will be implementing a zero-tolerance policy that will make all passengers over the age of two, to wear masks and face coverings.

Non-compliant passengers will face penalties including denied boarding, return to the aircraft to the gate to offload the passenger and the suspension of travel on any WetJet aircraft for up to a year.

“Canadian travellers and all of our WestJet Group employees are counting on us to keep them safe and it is our utmost priority to do so,” said Ed Sims, The WestJet Group President and CEO.

“Masks are mandated by our regulator and the vast majority of our guests are happy to keep themselves and each other safe by complying. This enhanced policy provides clarity on how we will enforce the regulation for those who don’t. Travellers must understand if they choose to not wear a mask, they are choosing not to fly our airlines.”

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