United Airlines Holdings Inc. (UAL) said Wednesday it is requiring all of its passengers to wear a face mask while in the more than 360 airports where it operates around the world. The carrier said that includes at kiosks and customer service counters, United Club locations and gates and baggage claim areas. "If customers refuse to comply, they may be refused travel and banned from flying United at least while the mask requirement is in place," United said in a statement. The requirement extends to all travelers apart from infants below the age of two. "The most important thing any of us can do to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to simply wear a mask when we're around other people," Chief Executive Scott Kirby said in a statement. United already requires all passengers to wear a face mask while flying. The airline will post signs at airports to reinforce the policy and employees will give passengers a verbal reminder and offer a free mask to anyone not wearing one. The airline is also limiting the number of people on board a flight and will separate them where possible. Shares were not yet active premarket, but have fallen 62% in the year to date, while the US Global JETS EFT (JETS) has fallen 48% and the S&P 500 has gained 0.8%.
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