Wearing a mask when traveling by air is mandatory.
It is a key recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Take-off guidance for safe operations during the pandemic, developed jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO), governments and industry.
Face coverings can reduce COVID-19 transmission risk
According to a study from the University of Edinburgh, masks can limit the forward spread of droplets by more than 90% when you breathe, speak, cough or sneeze. They protect you and the people around you on the flight in the event you are asymptomatic.
- More efficient if they fit properly and are worn correctly over the nose and mouth
- More effective in combination with frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water or use of hand sanitizer
Wear a mask when you fly
Refusing to wear a mask could lead to penalties in many countries.
See our press release: Travelers Face Risk of Penalties for Refusing to Wear Face Coverings