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Face coverings to be worn on all Ryanair and Aer Lingus flights

By Sarah Finnan

May 20, 2020 at 10:28am

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Face coverings will be a necessary requirement on all Ryanair and Aer Lingus flights this summer.

Aer Lingus has confirmed that face coverings will be a necessary requirement for all passengers travelling on flights running between May 21st and August 31st this year.

Face coverings will need to be worn from the moment passengers board the aircraft until landing at the airport they are travelling to - with passengers also being advised to wear them while in the airport itself.

According to the airline, young children and anyone unable to wear a face covering will be exempt from the rule, however, Aer Lingus cabin crew will be subject to wearing them while on duty. Acceptable face coverings include those made from reusable material as well as disposable masks.

Chief Executive of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, has echoed the sentiments saying that Ryanair customers will also be required to wear face coverings on flights allowing for them to be lowered while eating or drinking on board.

This comes after Chief Tony Holohan spoke out last week on whether Irish people will be able to travel abroad this summer - discouraging people from doing so.

"I'm not commenting on Ryanair particularly but our position at the moment is we are advising against all non-essential travel, I don't envisage that position will have changed in that time frame."

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