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American Airlines to allow flight attendants to wear face shields after ‘image standards’ backlash

American Airlines wouldn’t let attendants wear face masks due to ‘image standards,’ one attendant said

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In this June 16, 2020, file photo, a traveler wearing a mask walks past empty American Airlines ticket counters in Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

In this June 16, 2020, file photo, a traveler wearing a mask walks past empty American Airlines ticket counters in Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

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American Airlines will now allow flight attendants to wear face masks while on their flights after suffering backlash, The Boston Globe reports.

What happened?

Deidre Daudt, an American Airlines flight attendant from Massachusetts, said she started a campaign to allow flight attendants to wear face shields on flights, according to The Boston Globe.

But, she said, managers at American Airlines denied her requests due to “image standards” and they made passengers feel uncomfortable

American Airlines reversed its decision after getting hit with some backlash, The Boston Globe reports.

She said: “I feel like I proved them wrong,” she said. “At the end of the day it’s about protecting ourselves and having the necessary equipment to really properly work.”

Do face shields works?

Health officials appear to support face shields for protection from the novel coronavirus. Dr. Eli Perencevich, a professor of internal medicine and epidemiology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, wrote in a recent opinion piece about the benefits of the shield.

“Face shields appear to significantly reduce the amount of inhalation exposure to influenza virus, another droplet-spread respiratory virus. In a simulation study, face shields were shown to reduce immediate viral exposure by 96% when worn by a simulated health care worker within 18 inches of a cough.”