EU to make face masks compulsory on all European flights for passengers aged 6 and over

Children 6 and over and all adults will have to wear face masks on all European flights after EU transport ministers agreed new security measures to battle the spread of coronavirus.

EU to make face masks compulsory on all European flights for passengers aged 6 and over
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The EU Transport Ministers reached agreement on various health measures to be imposed on board aircraft flying over the continent, as well as at airports.

Ministers agreed that the wearing of masks will be obligatory for anyone aged over six.

Other measures agreed by ministers during a video-conference included obligations for airlines to disinfect aircraft more often and to enforce safe distances, even if this results in long queues at airports.

Most airlines already make it mandatory for passengers to wear face masks while boarding planes and whilst on board the aircraft, but children have often been exempt.

Masks are also compulsory in many airports including in France, which made the coverings obligatory in all public indoor spaces for anyone aged over 11.

Airlines issue strict rules on wearing masks and warn passengers they will be refused entry to planes if they do not comply.

To ensure full safety whilst wearing a mask, airline easyJet says masks should be replaced every four hours.

A statement on the website said: “Protective face masks should typically be replaced every four hours, or if they become wet or soiled, so please ensure that you have an adequate supply for you and anyone else travelling with you for the entire duration of your journey.”

European countries are battling to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus cases with countries like Spain, France and Belgium all seeing a rise in cases in recent days.

Switzerland, while not a member of the EU, has had a compulsory mask requirement on all flights since early July. 





Member comments

  1. I was expecting my temper to be checked when I flew from Limoges to East Midlands on the 2nd July. This didn’t happen at both ends, My husband just flew from Limoges to Manchester and he had no temperature checks either, My contact details were scrutinized but husband was waved on. Any particular reason why security were so lapse?

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Train services from Switzerland to France hit by French pension strikes

High-speed train services between Switzerland and France will be severely disrupted from Monday until Wednesday as a result of strikes against pension reforms in France.

Train services from Switzerland to France hit by French pension strikes

Numerous TGV services running in both directions on the between Paris and the Swiss cities of Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich and Basel will be cancelled from Monday night due to the industrial action.

Scores more services have been cancelled on Tuesday including all TGV trains on the Paris – Basel – Zurich line. Services on Wednesday will also be hit.

Other services between Switzerland and France will also be affected including the Leman Express commuter service between France and Geneva. The line linking Basel with Strasbourg and Mulhouse will also be disrupted.

“Due to a national inter-professional social movement, TGV Lyria traffic will be disrupted from January 30th to February 1st,” read a statement on Lyria’s website.

“If your train has been cancelled, you have the option of exchanging or obtaining a refund of your ticket free of charge, regardless of the initial conditions of your ticket.”

For more information on what to do in the event of a cancellation click here.

The strike has been called by trade unions in France who are protesting against the government’s planned pension reforms. Whilst the mass strike is only on Tuesday the disruption on the rails spills into both the preceding and following day.