The mask requirement on planes could soon fall after the corona measures at EU level have been relaxed. Among other things, the recommendation to wear mouth and nose protection in airports and on board aircraft will no longer apply from May 16, as announced by the European Aviation Safety Agency EASA and the EU health authority ECDC on Wednesday.
For passengers and crew members, this is a big step towards normalizing air traffic, said EASA boss Patrick Ky. The easing is in line with the changed public transport requirements of national authorities across Europe.
However, the implementation is based on national regulations, which differ in the EU. Airlines should continue to encourage passengers to wear masks if this is still mandatory for public transport in the country. That is the case in Germany.
A Lufthansa spokeswoman said the airline group is following national guidelines. The masks can therefore only fall on the plane if the corresponding provision of the Infection Protection Act is changed.