Face masks to become compulsory for air travel

Airlines and airports are demanding that internationally agreed measures are in place when aviation starts to recover from the near-standstill caused by the coronavirus pandemic. At present, passenger numbers at airports and on most flights are so low that maintaining separation is generally achievable – though not at the security search area, passport control and departure gates. WHO warns that wearing a mask can create a “false sense of security, leading to potentially less adherence to other preventive measures such as physical distancing and hand hygiene”. A spokesperson for MAG said of the measures: “They are designed to help the small number of passengers currently making essential journeys through our airports feel safer and more confident about flying at this time. “We will be providing confirmation of exact guidance for passengers, to allow them to fully prepare for their journey, before the measures are put in place.” An increasing number of airlines have made wearing a face covering compulsory.