It seems Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific is the latest carrier to make face masks compulsory when travelling with them.
It’s part of the measures the airline is taking to safeguard both passengers and crew.
The airline goes on to say
While the risk of transmission from one passenger to another onboard remains very low, we’re introducing an additional temporary requirement for added protection: that all passengers wear face coverings in situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Face coverings will be a requirement from Friday 15th May 2020, covering situations where passengers cannot maintain a physical distance of 2 metres from others, or as directed airline employees. The locations include:
- during check-in
- in Cathay Pacific lounges (that are open)
- during boarding
- in the aircraft cabin
- during disembarkation
Passengers who are unable to wear a face covering, including children under six years old, are exempt from this requirement.
The airline will not provide face coverings, so you will need to bring your own.
For those of you who are thinking this is temporary, it seems that Cathay Pacific will keep this travel requirement “until further notice”.
Although this would the perfect time for an airline to include a new face mask in their amenity kits right now…
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