Despite differing opinions on the benefits of face masks, the controversial face covering could become “mandatory” for airline passengers in the post-lockdown future. Some major airlines are requiring that passengers wear the masks on flights now to help halt the spread of the virus on planes. While other airlines are going to make mask-wearing mandatory once operations restart in the future.
Other airlines requiring passengers to wear face masks to prevent the spread of the virus include American carriers Spirit Airlines, JetBlue, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Frontier Airlines.
However, some airlines are not asking passengers to wear face masks.
Australian airline Qantas said that there “are no requirements in Australia to wear masks.”
They said: “No decisions have been made by the Government or airlines about what measures will be put in place for travel once restrictions are lifted.”
The airline’s website said that social distancing had been put in place.
It read: “While the risk of contracting coronavirus on board an aircraft is regarded as low, social distancing has been put in place across all flights.”
However, Public Health England (PHE) is currently not advising members of the public to wear face masks.
Head of Emerging Infections and Zoonoses at PHE Dr Jake Dunning said: “Face masks play a very important role in clinical settings, such as hospitals, and for people with symptoms.