Lufthansa Makes It Compulsory For Pax To Wear Face Masks
Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw
Lufthansa Group is requiring that all passengers wear a facial mouth/nose covering for use while on board their flights starting May 4 across all its brands, including Lufthansa, SWISS Air, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines.
Lufthansa recommends that passengers wear the mask throughout their entire travel journey, including onboard the aircraft, at the airport, and whenever the required minimum distance cannot be guaranteed.
All Lufthansa Group flight attendants in direct contact with customers will also be required to wear a mask.
The regulation will remain in place until at least August 31, 2020.
Under these new guidelines, Lufthansa is asking passengers to bring their own facial mouth/nose covering. A reusable fabric mask is recommended, but all other types of coverings, such as disposable masks or scarves, will also be accepted, said Lufthansa.
The airline group says it will be informing passengers of these requirements in advance, by SMS or e-mail. The new regulation will also be posted online, on the respective websites.
As a result of this new regulation, Lufthansa Group says it will no longer leave the middle seat vacant in Economy and Premium Economy Class, "as the facial covering provides the necessary protection." The aviation group says it will still allocate seats as far apart as possible throughout the cabin, when possible.
Lufthansa Group added that all its aircraft are equipped with "the highest quality air filters, which guarantee air quality similar to that in a clinical operating room."
It explains: "The recirculated air is filtered, removing contaminants such as dust, bacteria and viruses. This process affects approximately 40% – the rest is added as fresh air from outside the aircraft. Due to these highly specialized filters, the cabin air is cleaner than the air people breathe on earth. Furthermore, the aircraft airflow occurs from top to bottom. There is no horizontal airflow from side to side or along the length of the aircraft. Therefore, the airflow on board corresponds to the laminar airflow (air moving at the same speed and in the same direction with no or minimal crossover of air streams) of an operating room."
Anna Kroupina Journalist
Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.