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British Airways & Virgin Atlantic Begin Dropping Mask Requirements on Flights


Are masks becoming a thing of the past for British flyers?

Two major British airlines and London’s Heathrow Airport announced Monday they plan to drop their mask mandates over the next month.

Starting March 16th, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic passengers can ditch the face diapers on flights where the destination doesn’t require them.

Here’s the British Airways announcement:

The announcement comes on the heels of England lifting its remaining travel restrictions.

Travel Off Path reported:

Monday’s announcement by transport officials in London is in line with England dropping all of its Covid-related restrictions and requirements, including its mask mandate, which is scheduled to come into effect on on the morning of March 18th local time.

As England becomes the 14th nation to remove all Covid-related entry requirements, travelers will no longer have to follow up with Covid testing, passenger locator forms and proof of vaccination paperwork.

All new travel rules will apply to international arrivals to England, but please note that the update does not apply to travelers to Scotland and Wales.

The Washington Post added:


British Airways and Virgin Atlantic provided statements to Heathrow indicating they would follow suit. In a statement, British Airways Chief Operating Officer Jason Mahoney said that beginning Wednesday, passengers will only be required to wear a mask on the carrier’s flights if their destination requires it.

Corneel Koster, Virgin Atlantic’s chief customer and operating officer, said in a statement that masks would be optional on routes that are not subject to international mask regulations. The airline will introduce the change gradually, and Koster said masks “will still be required on many of our routes, including flights operating to or from the United States” until at least April 18, the expiration date for a recently extended mask order from the Transportation Security Administration.

Hopefully, the move places additional pressure on the Biden administration to drop its idiotic public transportation mask mandate.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted 57-40 to end the mandate.

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to END Public Transportation Mask Mandate


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