The end of the Covid-19 pandemic seems to be in sight. While it is true we should not be letting our guard down, countries around the world are re-opening their borders and dropping almost, if not all the Covid-19 restrictions.
Considering face masks are no longer mandatory everywhere, airlines have decided to allow passengers to make their own choice regarding this measure. Multiple airlines around the world have already announced they will no longer require passengers to wear a face mask aboard their flights and Brussels Airlines is the latest one to join the club.
The aircraft has always been a place with a very low risk of contamination thanks to the advanced air filter systems.Kim Daenen, Brussels Airlines spokesperson
In Belgium, wearing a face mask has no longer been mandatory since the beginning of March, although the requirement remains for public transport. However, a spokesperson for the airline said the inside of a plane is a lot safer than public transport and for this reason the company decided to scrap the measure. “We do not fall under the rules of public transport and so we can decide this ourselves”, she explained.
Now that the face mask is gone, we are taking another step towards ‘normal’ travel after the pandemic.Kim Daenen, Brussels Airlines spokesperson
While wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory, the spokesperson says that, of course, passengers and staff are free to do it should they so choose. Furthermore, the airline advises passengers to still check the requirements of their destinations’ airports and countries, since they may need to put on a mask once they land.