Man Wears Face Mask Over Eyes Instead of Mouth on Nashville Flight

An air passenger was seen wearing a face mask over his eyes instead of his mouth during an internal U.S. flight on Friday.

"This was a photo I took on my flight from Cleveland to Nashville on Allegiant Airlines on Friday," posted Twitter user Jessica Hazeltine, a Council Representative for the city of Medina, Ohio.

"Yes, this man used a surgical mask to cover his eyes. Yes, he wore the mask like this from departure to arrival."

According to Hazeltine, the crew on board did not ask the man, who was wearing a Make America Great Again hat, to correct his face mask. Newsweek has contacted the Allegiant Travel Company for further comment.

Haven't been on Twitter for, wow, 11 years, but this was a photo I took on my flight from Cleveland to Nashville on Allegiant Airlines on Friday. Yes, this man used a surgical mask to cover his eyes. Yes, he wore the mask like this from departure to arrival. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/QufS3kLWKu

— Jessica Hazeltine (@lvnitup22) June 28, 2020

Some airlines are choosing to refuse travel or ban customers who do not wear nose and mouth coverings while flying.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a staff memo on Thursday morning that customers "risk losing their future flight privileges with Delta." Bastian added, "We have already banned some passengers from future travel on Delta for refusing to wear masks on board."

In a press statement released Friday, Allegiant Travel Company announced that "beginning July 2, customers will be required to wear face masks during all phases of travel, including at the ticket counter, in the gate area, during boarding, on the aircraft and during the flight."

The company says it works closely with "the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Word Health Organization (WHO) and other authorities and experts. Based on their direction, we ensure our actions not only follow current guidance, but exceed the recommended standards so you can fly with confidence."

The travel company says it routinely treats its aircraft with an antimicrobial protectant, which works to eradicate the growth of a diverse range of bacteria.

The current advice from WHO is that face masks should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. It maintained that vulnerable groups should always wear face masks in public.

The United States has more coronavirus cases than any other nation, with 2.5 million as of 29 June, followed by Brazil with 1.3 million and Russia with 633,563 cases, as illustrated in the graphic below by Statista.

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