The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is recommending mandatory face-coverings for passengers and masks for crew as one of several actions to reduce the already low risk of contracting COVID-19 on board aircraft.

“The safety of passengers and crew is paramount. The aviation industry is working with governments to re-start flying when this can be done safely. Evidence suggests that the risk of transmission on board aircraft is low. And we will take measures—such as the wearing of face coverings by passengers and masks by crew—to add extra layers of protection. We must arrive at a solution that gives passengers the confidence to fly and keeps the cost of flying affordable. One without the other will have no lasting benefit,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

A number of airlines have already implemented the mandatory wearing of face masks/face coverings, including members of Airlines For America, Air France/KLM and Lufthansa.

The rail industry is also following suit. From 4 May, passengers on Eurostar must wear a face mask or face covering at its stations and on board in line with guidelines announced by the French and Belgian governments.

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