Airlines KLM and Transavia and travel organizations TUI Netherlands and Corendon Netherlands will stop enforcing the mask obligation on board flights from March 23. Companies fear that support will fall further and that more attitudes with aggressive passengers will emerge. For flights to and from Belgium, the mouth mask obligation will remain in effect for the time being, as seen in Brussels Airlines and TUI Belgium.
KLM, Transavia, TUI and Corendon indicate that they do not want to expose their employees to aggression if it is not necessary. “You don’t have to wear a mouth covering at the airport, just on the plane where you have a permanent place,” a Corendon spokesperson explains. “We no longer see the added value.”
There is also a similar story in TUI Netherlands. That company said in a statement that it was “deeply disappointed and even angry” that mouth masks on planes would remain mandatory, even though passengers on the train would soon no longer have to wear mouth masks. “A safe journey for our passengers and staff is our top priority. We no longer want to monitor compliance with mask adherence on board.”
TUI Belgium indicates that the situation in the Netherlands is different from ours. From March 23, wearing a mouth mask on public transport there will no longer be mandatory, and will remain so in Belgium. As always, TUI Belgium follows government guidelines, and we do not see ourselves called to omit mouth masks as the first form of public transport,” said spokesperson Piet Demeyere.
The same sound can be heard on Brussels Airlines. “It is true that there is an international debate about the mandatory mouth mask on aircraft. So the guidelines differ from country to country and between different airlines, but for now we follow EASA (International Aviation Organization, editor) guidelines and continue to enforce the mouth mask obligation,” the spokeswoman explains. Mike Andres.
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