Guidance to remove mask mandate a step towards normality

Published on : Thursday, May 12, 2022

IATA

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed new guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) removing its recommendation that masks should be required in-flight.

EASA’s updated Aviation Health Safety Protocol, published 11 May, calls for the mandatory mask rule to be relaxed where rules have been relaxed for other transport modes.


This important shift reflects the high levels of vaccination, natural immunity levels, and the removal of domestic restrictions in many European nations.


The updated guidance also acknowledges the need to move from an emergency situation to a more sustainable mode of managing COVID-19.

Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General said that they welcome EASA’s recommendation to relax the mask mandate, which is another important step along the road back to normality for air passengers.

Travellers can look forward to freedom of choice on whether to wear a mask.


And they can travel with confidence knowing that many features of the aircraft cabin, such as high frequency air exchange and high efficiency filters, make it one of the safest indoor environments.

Several jurisdictions still maintain mask requirements. That is a challenge for airlines and passengers flying between destinations with different requirements.


Walsh said that mask requirements on board aircraft should end when masks are no longer mandated in other parts of daily life, for example theatres, offices or on public transport.

Although the European protocol comes into effect next week, there is no globally consistent approach to mask-wearing on board aircraft.


Airlines must comply with the regulations applicable to the routes they are operating. The aircraft crew will know what rules apply and it is critical that passengers follow their instructions.


And they ask that all travellers be respectful of other people’s decision to voluntarily wear masks even if it not a requirement.







Related Posts

Tags: , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

arrow2Follow TTW
 
facebook-logo  twitter-logo  LinkedIn_logo  rss_logo 
ttw_blogger_logo  ttw_blogger_logo

ADVERTISEMENT

  • 03 ITB Asia 2022
  • 06 AviationFestival 2022
  • 14 Leisure show 2022
  • 15 ameistanbul 2022

TRAVEL INDUSTRY EVENTS

    1. MCE North & West Europe

      May 22 - May 24
    2. CTW CHINA 2022

      May 24 - May 26
    3. THE HOTEL SHOW DUBAI 2022

      May 24 - May 26
    4. IMEX 2022

      May 31 - June 2
    5. KARIBU FAIR 2022

      June 3 - June 5