How the stop to the masks on the plane really works from May 16th

How the stop to the masks on the plane really works from May 16th

The obligation to wear masks on airplanes and airports in Europe can be removed, starting next May 16. This was established by the European Aviation Safety Agency (Easa), together with the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Ecdc), updating health safety protocols for air travel. In any case, the rules may still vary according to the provisions of the different companies or according to national rules, so in some cases the obligation could remain in force even after 16 May and it is good to inquire first about the travel conditions to avoid incurring in unpleasant surprises at the airport.

Where it is compulsory to use masks, until June 15th From Ffp2 on means of transport and at the cinema, to surgery at school and in the workplace. Here are all the cases in which we must wear masks and which we must wear "While noting that the masks are among the best protections against the transmission of Covid-19" reads the note released by the two agencies, the new update of the security measures for Air travel eliminates the mandatory use of airway protection devices at airports and on board flights.

The easing of health restrictions, EASA stressed, was only possible thanks to the high levels of vaccination and the increasingly widespread immunity naturally acquired, as well as the consequent lifting of restrictions in more and more European countries. In addition to the termination of the mandatory use of masks, the new safety protocol also recommends a relaxation of the other stricter measures adopted on flights.

The note, however, specifies that these rules may vary according to the needs of airlines, national rules or according to the progress of the pandemic. For example, masks may still be mandatory for flights to or from a country where there is still a high number of infections or where devices are required to use public transport, such as Italy or France.

Furthermore, the protocol specifies how it is still important to maintain a physical safety distance and good hygiene of the meni, also recommending to wear a mask if it is not possible to respect the distance. Finally, EASA invites passengers in fragile conditions to always wear a mask, regardless of the new rules, preferring the Ffp2, N95 and Kn95 devices.