Being required to wear a mask while flying has become the norm these days, but now that requirement is getting more strict on one airline. I would expect the other major airlines to follow suit.

The next time you show up at the Albany International Airport make sure you're not trying to board an American Airlines plane wearing a mask with a one-way or two-way vent. You won't be allowed to fly if you're wearing one of these types of masks.

You can tell if you have one of the banned masks if it has little plastics "vents" on them. These are valves. The issue with them is that they vent your breath to the outside without filtering anything. Then when you breathe in they close and only filter the air entering the mask. So if you were infected with the coronavirus you could be spreading it with every breath. It's basically like not wearing a mask at all.

The official press release from American Airline reads in part: "Effective Aug. 19, 2020, and following the most recent recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), face coverings with exhaust valves or vents will no longer be allowed for travel with American Airlines. The CDC notes that face coverings with one-way valves or vents allow exhaled air to be expelled through holes in the material. These can allow exhaled respiratory droplets to reach others and potentially spread the coronavirus (COVID-19)."

In addition, masks that are made of mesh or lace will not be allowed and everyone is required to keep their mask over their mouth and nose at all times, except briefly when eating or drinking.

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