Experts have warned that COMPULSORY masks on planes could last for years even as the Covid crisis subsides.
Most airlines currently requesting Passengers must always wear masks according to international guidelines.
But with regulations varying around the world, airlines are reluctant to waive this requirement.
They fear a situation where the visors could be taken on and off depending on the mask’s mission in the airspace of the country an aircraft is flying in.
An aviation source told The Times: “Like supermarkets, we will almost certainly keep the policy in place until it is safe to move.
“For example, the rules in the US are very clear about masks. It would be ridiculous for us to ask passengers to wear clothes when we enter their airspace.”
Another added that though “hopefully we will one day have a world without masks. . . they will be with us for a long time”.
Neil Sorahan, chief financial officer of Ryanair, masks remain in place as the regulations on passengers taking liquids out of hand luggage at security.
For starters, the emergency measures introduced in 2006 when police foiled a plot to blow up the plane with liquid explosives are still in effect.
“Masks are going to be something that will stay with us for a while,” he said.
“If that’s the price we have to pay over the next few months, in the summer – it’s not a small price to pay.”
Late last year, Katie Price boarded a flight from New York to Las Vegas after allegedly wearing a mask.
The reality TV star opted to get off the plane and catch another flight when the flight attendant warned her to pull the veil from her chin to over her mouth.
And in September, boxer Amir Khan complained that he was kicked off a flight after a clash for wearing a Covid mask.
The former world champion, 34, is traveling from New York to Colorado Springs to begin training camp before the next game.
Several flights have faced disruption after passengers refused to wear masks on board.
Police were forced to board an easyJet flight in Jersey after an “aggressive” male passenger did not cover his face.
Meanwhile, two drunk Brits were arrested in Spain after ignoring a pilot’s request to wear a mask.
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