Jet2 says ‘no more face masks’ – will other UK airlines follow?
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Low cost UK carrier Jet2 has quietly changed its face mask policy. With immediate effect, you are no longer required to wear a mask on board a Jet2 aircraft or in the airport, unless local restrictions differ.
Here is the new guidance, as per this page of jet2.com:
Do I need to wear a face mask at my UK airport and onboard my flights to and from the UK?
England and Northern Ireland
It’s no longer a legal requirement to wear a face mask at our airports or onboard our planes. However, as per UK Government guidance, we recommend that you continue to wear a face mask in these spaces, and you will need to wear one when you get to your overseas destination.
It’s still a legal requirement for everyone aged six years and over to wear a face mask at our Scottish airports and onboard our planes travelling to and from those airports. This is the case even if you’re fully vaccinated.
If you’re unable to wear a mask, you must let us know in advance to be able to travel – please provide proof of your exemption to our Special Assistance team on 0800 408 5591 so we can authorise your travel. We’ll ask you for specific medical evidence to confirm this, as we don’t accept downloaded exemption cards or lanyards as proof of exemption. And if you fail to wear a face mask without our agreement, you’ll not be allowed to board your flight.
Do I need to wear a face mask overseas?
Yes, you’ll need to wear a mask on the plane for landing, inside the airport and onboard our transfers to and from your accommodation, even if you’re fully vaccinated. There may also be additional face mask restrictions in some places, and the rules around ages may differ per destination too. Please check FCDO website for more information.
Whilst no other UK airline has yet to relax its mask policy, masks have not been required for domestic flights in Scandinavia for some time.
For British Airways it is likely to be a commercial rather than a legal issue. Some people will refuse to fly if the airline removes mask requirements. Some people will refuse to fly if the airline retains face masks. Until the first group becomes smaller than the second group, you can expect restrictions to continue.