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Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants ask to wear masks

A flight attendants union is asking Hawaiian Airlines to allow its crew to go the extra mile when protecting against coronavirus.

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents flight attendants from Hawaiian and more than a dozen other airlines, is asking the airline to allow flight attendants to wear masks on flights to and from Asia.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that face masks should be used for airline crew members when they “are helping sick travelers with respiratory symptoms such as coughing or sneezing.” They’re also advised for sick travelers and those sitting near sick travelers. The CDC’s recommendations related to the new coronavirus reiterate using protective equipment when tending to a sick traveler, including face mask, eye protection, disposable gloves and a gown to cover clothing.  

“The CDC only recommends the use of masks when assisting a passenger who may be showing symptoms of being ill,” Hawaiian Airlines spokesperson Alex da Silva said. “We always carry masks and gloves onboard our aircraft as part of our standard medical kits, which are reserved for use when warranted.”

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