Singapore Airlines has become the latest airline to require their passengers to wear face masks.
This follows a directive of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore directive. The impact that all passengers on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights must wear a face mask throughout the flight and observe social distancing measures when boarding, disembarking and when queuing for the lavatory.
Passengers will be required to bring their own face masks.
Passengers on flights to Singapore will also undergo a basic health assessment before boarding the aircraft. This includes a verbal health declaration and temperature checks.
In terms of onboard service, it has been paired back, with meal services suspended for flights within South East Asia and services to Mainland China. A snack bag with water and refreshments will be provided upon boarding instead.
On all other flights, meals will be provided, with a limited set of special meals available too.
There are also in-flight service changes, with no hot towel service, no menu cards and seatback literature from flights.
Reduced Service and Face Masks – part of the “New Normal”
With face masks pretty much now the norm in flying, there’s no excuse not to wear one if you plan to travel (least of all airlines are expecting you to bring your own now).
And for now – face masks are here to stay.
Singapore Airlines move mirrors airlines across the world who have cut their services to a minimum, whilst trying to remain safe in the air.
Expect other carriers to follow along as travel restrictions are eased.
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