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SWISS airline makes masks compulsory on board planes

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SWISS airline makes masks compulsory on board planes
Masks are now obligatory on SWISS flights. Photo by AFP

As the summer holiday travel is underway, Switzerland’s flagship airline is enforcing the mask requirement starting on July 6th.

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Until now, masks were merely ‘strongly recommended’ on board SWISS aircraft, but from Monday the airline is making them obligatory

All passengers must bring their own masks and wear them until exiting the destination airport, the airline said.

This is in line with the government’s new ruling to make facial protection mandatory on all public transportation.

This requirement also comes into force on Monday. 

READ MORE: Travel: Switzerland’s airlines announce new flights 

What else can you expect on board SWISS flights? 

Passengers will receive a disinfectant wipe after boarding 

The surfaces in proximity to your seat should only be cleaned with disinfectant wipes provided by the crew.

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On-board service

On short-haul flights in economy class, service is reduced to lessen the number of physical interactions between crew and passengers.

Don’t expect the middle seat to be empty in Economy class

“For commercial reasons we can’t make every second seat empty because we must be able to fill out aircraft”, SWISS Chief Operating Officer Thomas Frick said in an interview.

He added that “having passengers sit side by side and wear masks is an efficient measure”.

Hygiene measures

SWISS pointed out that all its planes undergo more frequent cleaning.

Also, ‘HEPA’ air filtration system, which is designed to capture viruses, bacteria, and various allergens, is installed on all its aircraft.

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