Ryanair flights: Airline says ‘face masks will be mandatory’ but slams UK quarantine rules

Europe’s largest passenger airline, Ryanair tweeted a video today showing their new mandatory face mask rules which fall in line with new EU guidelines on flying. The facemarks will be mandatory for both customers and crew and will protect the health of both onboard planes. Ryanair said in a press release in response to the new EU guidelines which were announced on Thursday that they will “allow Europe’s tourism industry to restart in July and August.”

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It added: “Ryanair especially welcomes the advice on face masks, which reflects Ryanair’s own health protocols as it returns to widespread flying on 1 July.”

The airline has since released a new video explaining their new face mask measures for onboard safety in reducing the spread of coronavirus.

The budget airline posted a video of their face mask measures on their Twitter page with the caption: “The health and safety of our passengers is very important to us – this is why face masks will be mandatory on all of our flights once we return to service.”

In the video, leading medical expert Professor Like O’Neill from The School of Biochemistry & Immunology, Trinity College Dublin, explained how the face masks will reduce the spread of coronavirus.

He said: “It’s not about you really, it’s stopping you from spreading it to someone else.

“So there’s a wonderful community aspect to this.

“And studies have shown 95 percent of the viral load will be trapped in the mask, isn’t that fantastic?

“So if there’s two people wearing masks there will be virtually no exchange of virus between those two people is what the evidence suggests.”

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However, Twitter users were not happy with the new mandatory rules.

One user said: “We have the right to choose whether we want to wear a mask or not.

“Lots of people find breathing extremely difficult when their nose and mouth are covered.

“The word mandatory does not belong in the UK. We are not China.”

Another said: “Here’s one for you @Ryanair….not interested in your ‘mandatory face mask’ wearing…as won’t be flying with you, like ever!! Any other airline will have my business, but not you. EVER.”

Another commented on the video: “I can understand that but can’t understand why people would want to travel if they have to wear safety masks.”

Ryanair’s Group CEO Michael O’Leary said he supported the use of face masks as a measure to limit the spread of the coronavirus and thought the 14-day quarantine rules were “ineffective”.

He said: “14-day quarantines are ineffective and unimplementable.

“Requiring international arrivals to quarantine only after they have used multiple public transport providers to get from the airport to their ultimate destination has no basis in science or medicine.

“We strongly urge Europe’s Governments, especially those in Ireland and the UK, to mandate to the wearing of face masks for airline, train and (London) underground passengers, as this is the best and most effective way to limit the spread of Covid-19 in public transport environments where social distancing is not possible.

“We welcome the European Union’s recommendation on face masks, and call again on the Irish and UK Government to abandon their unexplainable, ineffective, and unimplementable quarantine restrictions.

“Europe’s citizens can travel safely on their summer holidays wearing face masks and observing temperature protocols, but 14 day quarantines have no scientific basis, are unimplementable and unnecessary in circumstances where airline, train and underground passengers wear face masks where social distancing isn’t possible.”

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