BRITISH Airways has eliminated mandatory face masks on its flights.
From this morning, passengers flying out of the UK will not be required to wear a mask when traveling to a country where face coverings are not compulsory.
The change coincides with Heathrow Airport’s decision to phase out face coverings – Opening of mask-free travel opportunities for Brits.
Jason Mahoney, BA’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “We’re working through [the current travel restrictions] and beginning Wednesday, March 16, customers will only be required to wear a face covering on board our flights if the destination they are traveling to requires it.”
The airline has said passengers will still be required to wear face masks on some flight routes due to restrictions in place in the country of arrival.
This could include destinations like the US and Italy, as they have their own face mask rules.
However, BA has not yet confirmed which of its flight passengers will still be required to wear masks.
Jason continued, “For destinations where wearing a face covering is not mandatory, our customers can make a personal choice and we ask that everyone respect each other’s preferences.”
Sun Online Travel has reached out to British Airways for further comment.
Ryanair is expected to follow suit In the coming weeks, the airline chief said face masks will likely be phased out from flights by spring.
The UK already scrapped mandatory face masks in public spaces and on some public transport in January, although it is still recommended.
And face mask rules are being relaxed in countries around the world.
France is the latest holiday destination to scrap them – excluding public transport and care homes.
France has also abandoned requirements for using its Covid passport – named vaccine exist – to enter restaurants, bars or cinemas.
Spain is also expected to phase out masks soon, experts have predicted Masks could be a thing of the past in just three weeks.
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