Jet2 Optional Face Masks - will BA follow?

Old Mar 16, 22, 5:57 am
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Originally Posted by Tobias-UK View Post
Thank you for updating us. I suspect BA made its decision and then realised too late in the day that there were all kinds of legal issues relating to that decision dependant on destination and gave itself too little time to verify the position with the various jurisdictions around the world to ensure compliance.
Or maybe Joint Business / connecting flight issues for passenger originating from the USA.

The reality is (regardless of my own views here) that within the next few days a significant propprtion of travellers won't be wearing masks within Europe, and I doubt the crew can do much about it.
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Old Mar 16, 22, 5:58 am
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Originally Posted by Never Stansted View Post
Probably a bit of overtime being worked the next few days in BA's legal and compliance team! VS dealt with it much better and immediately had a list of where they were and weren't required.
Indeed, not BA's finest day! That said, Virgin travels to far fewer destinations so theirs would have been a much simpler exercise.
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Old Mar 16, 22, 6:03 am
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Originally Posted by corporate-wage-slave View Post
Or maybe Joint Business / connecting flight issues for passenger originating from the USA.

The reality is (regardless of my own views here) that within the next few days a significant propprtion of travellers won't be wearing masks within Europe, and I doubt the crew can do much about it.
It would be a brave crew member who tried to enforce mask-wearing on LHR-MAN.
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Old Mar 16, 22, 7:08 am
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Originally Posted by Never Stansted View Post
It would be a brave crew member who tried to enforce mask-wearing on LHR-MAN.
Reporting live from the top of the steps in Manchester where they are having to do exactly that! “Manchester is considered a high risk station”.
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Old Mar 16, 22, 8:02 am
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Yet MAN has already downgraded their policy a few weeks ago from you have to wear one in the airport to you are recommended - so BA would be incorrect in claiming you must put one on during disembarkation and within the airport.
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Old Mar 16, 22, 8:21 am
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Well looking forward to clear policy here. All my travel in the last 12 months and next are short personal trips to the UK to see older relatives at higher covid risk. If they are no longer required this will be a hard risk to weigh up. Lots of FTVs for me.
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Old Mar 16, 22, 8:37 am
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Regardless of anyone’s personal stance on this, it is without doubt another BA own goal. When will they ever get a grip?
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Old Mar 16, 22, 8:46 am
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Originally Posted by UrbanLegend View Post
Well looking forward to clear policy here. All my travel in the last 12 months and next are short personal trips to the UK to see older relatives at higher covid risk. If they are no longer required this will be a hard risk to weigh up. Lots of FTVs for me.
If it helps you, if you’re wearing a protective mask like an N95, the difference in risk if other passengers are or aren’t wearing a mask is negligible, even assuming compliance and effectiveness of their masks are high (which I doubt)z
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Old Mar 16, 22, 8:53 am
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Originally Posted by UrbanLegend View Post
Well looking forward to clear policy here. All my travel in the last 12 months and next are short personal trips to the UK to see older relatives at higher covid risk. If they are no longer required this will be a hard risk to weigh up. Lots of FTVs for me.
It's perfectly possible for those that feel more comfortable wearing a mask to utilise a fitted N95 or FFP2 one that protects the wearer. Those of us that choose not to cover our faces can do so knowing those that are nervous or concerned have protected themselves.
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Old Mar 16, 22, 9:10 am
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A clean N95 changed at appropriate intervals is very likely the only way to protect yourself from Omicron BA.2 if you feel so inclined.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that other types of mask (e.g the black cloth type that are never washed….) increase your risk of catching this latest strain, which has evolved very effectively to evade almost all protections.

I was all for masks when they were useful, I just don’t think they are any more unless you are going the full N95. I think BA/LHR etc have made the right decision.
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Old Mar 16, 22, 9:42 am
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I understand it can take some time for them to clarify certain borderline destinations such as France (which does not appear to have a plane-spefic mandate in place, but requires masks on public transportation domestically). But BA could at least save their face by going through with dropping the mandate at least for destinations which are 100% safe to be mask-free, e.g. to Scandinavia where local airlines have already been operating without masks for over a month.

In any case, I guess I'm lucky that my schedule was too busy this weekend and the London trip I booked following the announcement is still 9 days away. Hopefully they'll fix whatever the issue is by then, otherwise I'll have to deal with FTV, which I really don't fancy.
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Old Mar 16, 22, 9:52 am
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Can only imagine there are issues with specific destinations or perhaps the union is kicking off about it. Either way, it's pretty amateurish not to have your ducks in a row before you announce this, as the message goes out and then you end up with a u-turn. A quick search of the news outlets also does not show that the change in policy has been publicised, which isn't going to endear the poor crew to passengers turning up having heard BA no longer requires masks.
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Old Mar 16, 22, 10:10 am
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Originally Posted by Bohinjska Bistrica View Post
Can only imagine there are issues with specific destinations or perhaps the union is kicking off about it. Either way, it's pretty amateurish not to have your ducks in a row before you announce this, as the message goes out and then you end up with a u-turn. A quick search of the news outlets also does not show that the change in policy has been publicised, which isn't going to endear the poor crew to passengers turning up having heard BA no longer requires masks.
I'm sticking to what they published on Twitter and still not rescinded.
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Old Mar 16, 22, 10:12 am
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Originally Posted by UrbanLegend View Post
Well looking forward to clear policy here. All my travel in the last 12 months and next are short personal trips to the UK to see older relatives at higher covid risk. If they are no longer required this will be a hard risk to weigh up. Lots of FTVs for me.
I understand a number of US airlines have been lobbying to have the mask mandate lifted in the US so perhaps it might be worth waiting a while before making any drastic decisions on travel.
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Old Mar 16, 22, 10:15 am
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Originally Posted by paulaf View Post
I'm sticking to what they published on Twitter and still not rescinded.
Remember it is a legal requirement to observe all crewmember instructions. FYI the mask requirement is still (and has remained) on ba.com which is the official place for all BA policies and requirements.

It looks like we are all going to have show a little patience to give BA a little more time to finalise its policy.
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