SAS to require face masks on all flights

Swedish-Danish airline SAS announced on Wednesday wearing a face mask would be compulsory on all its flights through to the end of August to reduce the risk of coronavirus contagion, news wires reported. Wearing a mask that covered mouth and nose will be compulsory for all passengers aged six and up from 18 May on.

The Covid-19 pandemic and measures such as travel restrictions to curb its spread have thrown the airline industry into crisis, grounding flights and prompting lay-offs. Most of SAS’ flights are currently suspended.

Earlier on Wednesday, the European Commission gave non-binding recommendations as part of wider proposals to salvage the ailing tourism sector, saying passengers flying in the union should wear masks but not requiring airlines to leave seats empty to improve social distancing.

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