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IATA Survey: Air Travelers Support Masks, But Not Indefinitely

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IATA Survey: Air Travelers Support Masks, But Not
Indefinitely

According to an International Air Transport Association survey, 4700 passengers found that while they support the use of masks onboard, many travelers find it confusing to adhere to Covid-19 restrictions and rules.

The survey was conducted between May 14-22 in 11 different countries. 83 percent of the passengers polled supported wearing masks aboard and 86 percent supported strict enforcement. Similar percentages said that they feel safe aboard aircraft, and that the airlines and their employees have done an excellent job of implementing safety precautions.

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However, the majority of respondents indicated that they should be lifted when circumstances permit.

Willie Walsh, director general of IATA said that air travelers value safety measures to reduce the chance of Covid-19 being transmitted during travel. They support these safety measures for as long as they are needed, but don’t want them to be permanent.

A majority of the passengers polled said that they would like to see standard processes for testing and certifications in other countries. According to IATA, around two thirds of respondents said that arranging travel testing was difficult. Seventy percent also said it was hard to comprehend the requirements for travel.

Around 90% also stated that they are open to using mobile apps for travel data storage. However, most said that they only would do so if they were in complete control.

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Publiated at Wed 21 July 2021 23.10:57 +0000

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IATA Survey: Air Travelers Support Masks, But Not
Indefinitely
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