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The End Of Masks On Flights

For the last two years, we’ve all had to wear masks on public transport, regardless of where we come from. However, some airlines have now removed mask mandates on their flights, especially European-based airlines.

As a result, masks are now a personal choice for many travelers.

Update: With the removal of the mask mandate in the U.S. as of April 18, 2022, U.S.-based airlines will also show on this list.

However, these airlines outside the United States have already removed their mask mandates:

British Airways 

British Airways Airbus A380 passenger plane parked at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX Airport)

British Airways became the biggest airliner to remove its mask mandate on March 16, 2022. The airline told their passengers: “The legal requirement to wear a face-covering has now been removed in England and Wales and we have updated our face mask policy,”

“Customers are no longer required to wear a mask at some airports in England. However, as an international airline flying all around the world, we are obliged to ensure our customers continue to comply with local restrictions and meet the requirements of the destination they arrive at.”

Virgin Atlantic 

Virgin Atlantic, one of Britain’s biggest airlines, dropped its mask mandate on flights on March 16, 2022. Although British Airways scrapped their mask mandate at once, Virgin Atlantic said they would gradually ease their mask mandate, starting with flights from the Caribbean. 

Virgin Atlantic CEO, Corneel Koster, said: “As we learn to live with Covid and with the legal requirement to wear a face mask now removed in England, we believe our customers should have the personal choice whether to wear a mask on board, on routes where international regulations around mask-wearing do not apply.”

KLM 

Popular Dutch airline KLM has removed its mask mandate on 17 March 2022. KLM’s decision to remove masks wasn’t in line with the Dutch government who’ve removed masks in all public settings apart from public transport. 

Regarding the Dutch government’s decision, KLM said: “The industry considers this approach inappropriate, given the stage of the pandemic. Moreover, it is at odds with European and international developments that we follow closely. Because the explainability and proportionality continue to decline, we see an increase in misunderstanding among our passengers and a growing number and also more serious incidents with ‘unruly’ passengers, which may negatively affect the safety of a flight.”

TUI

British airliner TUI no longer requires customers to wear masks on its flights to and from England and Northern Ireland because it’s no longer a legal requirement to wear masks there. However, the airliner still “strongly recommends” continuing to wear masks. 

TUI also says travelers on flights to Italy and the U.S. must wear masks from their entire flight due to laws within those countries. The airline states: “It’s important to note that you may still be required to wear a mask when leaving the aircraft and once inside the airport at your arrival destination.”

Jet2

Jet2 states that masks are no longer mandatory on flights to and from England and Northern Ireland. However, the airline still recommends that passengers wear them on board its flights. They became the first British airliner 

Jet2 states: “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.

Transavia

Dutch airline Transavia has scrapped its mask mandate in flights—in spite of the Dutch government maintaining the mask mandate—as it fears issues with angry passengers. The airline said: “This is causing non-compliance and anger [among passengers] and is jeopardizing flight safety,”

Transavia, similarly to KLM, will stress the importance of wearing face masks on board the plane; however, there will be no sanctions if people refuse.

EasyJet

Easyjet plane loading

Starting Sunday, March 27th, EasyJet will join with other British-based airlines by scrapping their mask mandates on some European flights. Starting of course with domestic flights within the UK, and also including Iceland, Denmark, Hungary, and Gilbraltar. The airline said they will continue to provide mask-free flights to more destinations as countries drop their mask mandates.

Norwegian Air

Starting on April 4, 2022, Norwegian Air drops its mandatory in-flight mask mandate. Passengers can make a personal choice if they wish to wear a mask or not for the first time since mid-2020. Norway became the first European country to fully remove ALL covid-19 entry requirements, including all forms, testing and quarantine rules, proof of vaccination, country ban lists, and all other border restrictions back in Feb 2022.

SAS

SAS has dropped mandatory masks ONLY when traveling within Denmark, Norway and Sweden. International flights still require masks from anyone over 6 years of age.

Iceland Air

Icelandair has removed masks for flights where the destination does not require them, so essentially, for most of its European-bound routes.

Croatian Airlines

Croatian Airlines removed their mask mandate for flights within Croatian airspace and to destinations that also do not require masks.

All U.S. Airlines

Following the removal of the federal mask mandate in the USA effective April 18, 2022, all of the U.S.-based airlines have now removed the obligation for passengers to wear a mask. This includes all domestic flights and also international flights where the destination country also doesn’t require them.

The airlines that have removed masks include:

  • United
  • JetBlue
  • American
  • Alaska
  • Frontier
  • Southwest
  • Spirit
  • Delta
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Hawaiian

FinnAir

As of April 25, 2022, masks are no longer required on most FinnAir flights. Domestic flights won’t require masks, as well as any destination that has also removed the mandate, which is much of Europe at this point.

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Adele Carryer

Friday 3rd of June 2022

I’m looking to book a cruise with ports in Italy France and Spain . And also a stay in Spain … where are they at with the mandates and vaxx passes please? Also Emirates??

Anonymous

Thursday 19th of May 2022

Sadly it's not true KLM has dropped the mask mandate. It only applies to certain routes. Even though Holland has dropped masks, flying from for instance Canada to Amsterdam requires masks... pretty weird but always trying to be holier than thou, this airline enforces masks

Chris

Sunday 3rd of April 2022

There is a difference between 'no longer enforce' and 'remove mandatory use'. KLM should not be on this list as you are still required to wear a mask on their flights. They also actively communicate this to their passengers.

Samo

Saturday 19th of March 2022

"For the last two years, we’ve all had to wear masks on public transport, regardless of where we come from." - Not really, I've spent those two years (well year and a half) in Sweden and no one ever asked me to wear one. Maybe 5% passengers wore them on public transportation, apart from planes where some airlines required them.

covidvaxinfo

Saturday 19th of March 2022

@Samo, strangely..Sweden is still closed to unvax direct from USA. Maybe can enter from other EU/Schengen..but Sherpa map still shows as closed.