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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:

Jet2 removes requirement to wear a face mask

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.

Scotland

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.

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Jet2 face mask rule

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.

Hat-tip to Paddle Your Own Kanoo.

Comments (136)

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  • Aston100 says:

    I had the misfortune to be on a Ryanair flight in October.
    In the back half of the plane (full plane), I counted approx 10 people wearing masks properly. Rest had them under the chin at best.
    I went to the galley to ask the crew their opinion only to find neither of them were wearing a mask at this point.
    They told me it wasn’t mandatory for them but that it was for the passengers.
    I asked them if they were going to ask all the passengers to put a mask on then, and they said they’d look into it. Obviously they didn’t bother.

    I suspect this is the kind of attitude that is prevalent on airlines that are the first choice for certain breeds of people.

    I hate masks and choose not to wear one unless it is mandatory.
    If it is mandatory, then I ensure I follow the rules and wear one, despite what other people choose to do. I will be happy once masks are no longer required anywhere.

    • Paul says:

      certain breeds.. Nice

      • Mr(s) Entitled says:

        It takes a complete clown to decide that they do not belong to the breed of people who fly Ryanair. Whilst flying Ryanair.

        • Brian says:

          Indeed. And only a complete clown would hate masks and normally choose not to wear them (so presumably not actually think they are any use) and yet go to the trouble of complaining that people aren’t wearing them…

    • Ryan says:

      “Ensure I follow the rules”
      Goodness me, are we still falling for that bs?

    • Rachel Robinson says:

      More blatant snobbery on this site. It really is quite something.

      • Spurs drive me mad says:

        Rachel but you have to admit it’s perversely amusing. The snobbery is outrageous but makes me laugh. Treat it with the disdain it deserves.

  • LS says:

    As we move out of the pandemic, mask wearing is likely to move ‘for the benefit of others’ [where everyone wears a mask] to ‘for personal benefit’ [where an individual can choose to wear an N95/FFP3 mask, which provides individual benefit]. Now the vast majority of those at risk have been vaccinated, we really do have to move on. Those that don’t want to are more than welcome to wear FFP3 masks which will protect them – not just from coronavirus, but a whole host of respiratory pathogens.

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