Aeroflot recently announced its intention to reserve certain seats on its aircraft for passengers who are unable or unwilling to wear a mask. However, the regulations of the Russian national airline makes it mandatory to use the accessory to protect against coronavirus on boarding and during flights. The only exception is when travelers eat, drink or change masks.
“Ensuring the safety of all passengers is of crucial importance to us,” said Yulia Spivakova, a spokeswoman for the air carrier, in a statement quoted by CNN. The measure put in place by Aeroflot aims, in fact, to respond to situations in which a person on board refuses to wear his mask while the airplane is already in the air.
In-flight or pre-takeoff incidents after mask-related disputes have increased since the onset of the Covid-19 health crisis. Yulia Spivakova clarified that the new policy of her company “does not prevent the application of other measures of responsibility in case of violation of the rules regarding the use on board of personal protective equipment”.
The Russian airline, however, did not specify what type of sanction it intends to impose on passengers who refuse to keep their masks on for the entire flight.