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July 2, 2020 -- In soccer, players get a yellow card for breaking a rule – a warning that if they violate a rule again they’re kicked out of the match.

Alaska Airlines will be giving its own kind of yellow cards to passengers who refuse to wear face masks.

“Starting in early July, our flight attendants will be empowered to issue a final notice to any guest who repeatedly refuses to wear a mask or face covering on board our aircraft,” the airline said on a company blog. “With that warning – in the form of a yellow card handed to them – the guest’s travel with us will be reviewed and could be suspended for a period.”

Exemptions are given to passengers under the age of 2 and people with medical issues or disabilities. Masks can be “adjusted” while passengers eat and drink.

Other airlines are doing the same thing, but without the yellow card.

A blog for air travelers, The Points Guy, reported that American Airlines and United Airlines set their own policies last month. According to the blog, “any passenger who does not wear a mask while traveling could be flagged for each airline’s list of restricted flyers, possibly causing them to be barred from flying with the carrier again.”

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Alaska Airlines. “We want you to have a great flight with us – with your mask on”

The Points Guy. United and American may ban passengers who don’t wear masks

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