BRITS flying to Europe will soon no longer need to pack a mask in their hand luggage as the mandatory measure is set to be scrapped.
Holidaymakers will not be required to wear face coverings on planes and airports in EU countries within days, following a recommendation from aviation safety experts.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today issued an update on health protection measures for air travel and dropped the recommendation for mandatory mask wearing at airports and on flights.
EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said: “From next week, face masks will no longer have to be mandatory in all cases when traveling by air, largely in line with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport.
“For passengers and flight crew, this is a major step forward in normalizing air travel.
“However, passengers should behave responsibly and respect the decisions of others around them.
“And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask to reassure those seated nearby.”
The new recommendations are due to come into effect from May 16 – although the rules will vary from airline to airline even after that date.
For example, flights to or from a destination where mask-wearing is still required on public transport should continue to encourage mask-wearing, according to the recommendations.
Vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules.
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A growing number of airlines are phasing out face masks for passengers.
But while Covid rules are being relaxed, some airlines still have strict face mask guidelines.
Both TUI and British Airways have eliminated mandatory face masks on their flights.
Passengers traveling on TUI flights to and from England and Northern Ireland no longer need to wear them.
Meanwhile, passengers flying out of the UK on British Airways will not be required to wear a mask when traveling to a country where face coverings are not mandatory.
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