Travellers must wear face masks whilst flying
Experts claim that the coverings can help stop the spread of coronavirus as they trap droplets created when people sneeze or cough.
It is now mandatory to wear them on public transport and travellers will be asked to wear them whilst flying abroad.
All major airlines now request passengers over six years old to wear a mask as part of new safety measures designed to stop the spread of the virus.
But if you have a medical condition that means you shouldn’t wear one, you won’t need to.
The safety guidelines have been issued by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Crucially, many people may not know that travellers should change their mask every four hours.
This is because they aren’t as effective after this length of time, so they need to be changed regularly.
People should change their face mask every four hours
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This means Brits must carry enough with them to ensure they have enough for their journey.
This guidance has been already highlighted by airlines Jet2, TUI and British Airways who all recommend that travellers bring a large enough supply.
Currently the Foreign Office advises against all non-essential travel abroad.
But Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced yesterday that this is under review, with travel soon to be expected to allow holidays to countries deemed low-risk.
This would see people travelling back to the UK from certain countries being allowed to avoid the 14-day quarantine policy.
A list of exempt destinations will be published later this week.
Travel is set to look very different when it restarts officially with airports introducing temperature checks and one-way systems.
At Gatwick Airport, face mask vending machines has been introduced which sell four masks for £3.
And pre-booked airport security slots are being tested at Manchester Airport, in which passengers can reserve a free 15-minute window to use a dedicated lane taking them directly to a checkpoint.