UPDATE: 8/20 at 4:15pm
In accordance with Governor Larry Hogan's Executive Order 20-07-29-01 (full text here), the use of face masks or coverings is required at all times throughout BWI Marshall Airport. This Executive Order took effect on July 31, 2020 at 5pm. Further, all of our airline partners have implemented a face mask or covering requirement.
Passengers arriving at the airport without a face mask can receive a free mask. Airport staffers are distributing cloth face masks at no charge at 3 Information Desks (Upper Level between Spirit and United counters, Lower Level between Baggage Claim belts 9-10 and 12-13). Mask distribution will take place 7 day a week from 6:00am-4:00pm and from 6:30pm-8:00pm.
In addition, those who wish to purchase a face covering or other PPE items (such as hand sanitizer, gloves, etc.) can do so at various retailers and PPE vending machines throughout the terminal and Rental Car Facility.
Please note: access to the BWI Marshall Airport terminal is restricted to ticketed passengers and badged employees.
We’ve compiled the following face mask/covering notes from our airline partners. Please confirm airline policies with your airline prior to travel.
ALASKA – All guests 2 and older are required to wear a face mask or covering over their nose and mouth, with no exceptions. Those unwilling or unable to wear a face mask or covering for any reason will not be provided with travel. Face coverings with direct exhaust valves and face shields without masks are not deemed as acceptable face coverings. More info here and here.
ALLEGIANT – Passengers are required to face masks and coverings at the ticket counter and gate, during boarding and while aboard an Allegiant aircraft. Complimentary health and safety kits (including a single-use face mask among other items) will be distributed to Allegiant passengers during the boarding process. More info here.
AMERICAN – Passengers, except for children under 2 years old, are required to wear a face covering or mask while aboard aircraft. Face coverings are required to be worn from a passenger's arrival at their departing airport until a passenger's exit at their destination airport. Face coverings with exhaust valves or vents, and coverings made with materials such as mesh or lace fabrics, are no longer allowed by the airline. A face shield can be worn with a face covering, but not in place of a face covering. Passengers who decline to wear a face covering may be denied boarding and future travel on American. More info here and here.
CONTOUR - Passengers are required wear a face mask or covering throughout the airport and in-flight. Plastic face shields may be used in addition to a face covering, but not in place of one. Any face covering with an exhaust valve is not approved as an acceptable face mask. The airline reserves the right to deny boarding to any traveler unwilling to comply with this requirement. More info here.
DELTA – Passengers are required to wear a face mask or covering during all phases of travel, including in check-in and boarding gate areas, jet bridges and aircraft. Plastic face shields may be used in addition face coverings, but not in place of a face covering. Any mask with an exhaust valve is not approved as an acceptable face covering. More info here.
FRONTIER – Passengers are required to wear a face covering at ticket counters, gate areas, baggage claim and onboard aircraft. Face coverings containing vents, valves or mesh material, plus face shields, are not considered acceptable face coverings. More info here. Passengers and crew members are required to undergo a non-invasive temperature screening at the gate using a touch-less thermometer.
JETBLUE – Passengers are required to wear face coverings during check-in, boarding, deplaning and while in-flight. All passengers over 2 years of age must wear a face covering which fits over their nose and mouth during check-in, boarding, in-flight and while deplaning. Masks with vents or exhalation valves are not permitted. Plastic face shields may be worn in addition to a face covering, but not in place of one. More info here and here.
SOUTHWEST – Face masks and coverings are required for passengers, except for children under the age of 2, in-flight, as well as in ticketing, boarding and baggage areas. Masks with an exhalation valve, a face shield on its own or coverings made completely of mesh or lace fabrics are among those deemed unacceptable. More info here and here.
SOUTHERN AIRWAYS EXPRESS - Face masks or coverings are required of passengers inside the airport and in-flight. Southern Airways' policies are in line with interline partner American Airlines. More info here.
SPIRIT – Passengers, except for children under age 2, are required to wear face coverings at the airport, on the jet bridge and onboard Spirit aircraft. Face shields may be worn in addition to a face covering, but are not approved as a face covering replacement. Face coverings containing valves or mesh materials are not considered appropriate face coverings. Those who choose not to comply with the airline's face covering requirement will lose future flight privileges with Spirit. More info here.
SUN COUNTRY - Passengers are required to wear a face covering while in the airport and on aircraft. Passengers who cannot wear face masks due to medical reasons are expected to wear a face shield. More info here.
UNITED – Passengers, except for children under the age of 2, are required to wear face coverings onboard United aircraft and at United customer service counters, baggage claim and boarding gate areas. A face covering must cover a passenger's nose and mouth and not have any vents or openings. A face shield alone does not count as a face covering. Travelers not wearing face coverings may be refused transport and could lose travel privileges for future United flights. More info here and here.