Voters in California approved a ballot measure Wednesday that would require airlines to give travelers with a valid ticket to passengers who have a severe case of influenza.
The measure passed with a vote of 69 percent, with 36 percent of voters saying yes and 37 percent saying no.
The measure, which now goes to the state’s Board of Equalization, requires airlines to provide a notice that travelers who are wearing a face mask, masking devices or face coverings, are at risk of getting sick from the pandemic.
It also requires airlines that fly to the Golden State to have warning signs on every flight that says “contagious” or “contamination” and to post the notice on the plane.
“I want to make sure that people understand the pandemics and understand the risks,” state Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson said before the vote.
“I want them to know that if they’re sick and we need to be prepared, that’s what we’re going to do.”
Voters also approved a measure to allow public health officials to monitor people in vehicles that are traveling between cities in California, as well as a measure that would allow schools to be closed if there is a high incidence of the virus.
State Attorney General Xavier Becerra said that he supports the measure and supports its broad application.
“The more that we can do to make our communities safer, to make health and safety decisions that are based on the best available science and not based on political ideology, the better,” Becerras spokesman Andrew Johnson said.
The California measure is the latest in a string of measures to require airline travel to alert travelers to potential risks and the potential for a spread of the disease.
Last week, the state also approved legislation requiring that the state adopt the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines on what to do when people are sick.
In October, a similar measure passed in Maine, with the governor’s signature.