Britain’s second-biggest tour operator has dropped its requirement for passengers to wear masks on flights.
The budget airline Jet2 “quietly relaxed its rules” yesterday, according to The Times, telling passengers who were on flights to and from airports in England and Northern Ireland that wearing a mask was no longer required.
A spokesman told the paper: “It’s no longer a legal requirement to wear a facemask at our airports or onboard our planes. However, as per UK government guidance, we recommend that you continue to wear a facemask in these spaces, and you will need to wear one when you get to your overseas destination.”
Jet2 is the first to make the move in dropping mandatory mask requirements, and most other airlines are currently insisting masks must be worn,
In recent weeks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its mask-wearing advice to clarify that some masks are less effective at preventing the spread of COVID than others
The CDC said that loosely woven cloth masks provide the lowest level of protection.
“Loosely woven cloth products provide the least protection, layered finely woven products offer more protection, well-fitting disposable surgical masks and KN95s offer even more protection, and well-fitting NIOSH-approved respirators (including N95s) offer the highest level of protection,” the CDC stated.
Last August, a study found that the popular blue surgical face masks that have been commonly used throughout the pandemic are only 10% effective at preventing Covid infection.
The study, conducted by the University of Waterloo, Canada, found that blue cloth surgical masks do not cover the face sufficiently, and were generally ineffective at preventing aerosol droplets from exiting the wearer’s mouth.