Several countries, including the US, are easing their Covid-19 restrictions. On Monday April 18th, the requirement to wear face masks on board planes and public transport was lifted, as well as in airports and stations across the US. The Finnish airline Finnair has announced a similar measure, to be effective this month.
As of the 25th of April, passengers are no longer required to wear a face mask on Finnair flights unless it is specifically required by the authorities of the destination or origin country of the flight.
On those flights where using a mask is an authority requirement, passengers are required to wear a mask throughout the flight. Masks may be removed for a limited time when eating or drinking.
The aircraft is a low-risk environment, thanks to the effective air conditioning.Kimmo Ketola, Medical Director at Finnair
Many countries still require that masks are worn onboard flights to and from the destination. On such flights, both crew and customers are required to wear a face mask throughout the flight. Passengers are invited to double check the origin and destination countries’ mask requirement details from the local authorities’ and airports’ websites.
FFP2 and FFP3 masks are proven to give excellent, more than 95% protection, even if others around you are not using masks.Kimmo Ketola, Medical Director at Finnair
Masks are not required on domestic flights and on flights to and from Scandinavia, whereas on flights to and from Asia and many European destinations masks are still required.