Unite, the union for aviation workers in the UK, said today (Monday)

“The UK government and the civil aviation authorities must promote and enforce a clear policy on the wearing of face coverings and masks for airline passengers.

“It should not simply be left to ground staff and cabin crew to police the public during this pandemic.

“Passengers must be totally clear on this policy, their responsibilities and the penalties if they fail to abide by the rules before they even arrive at the airport.

“The protection of public health requires us all to act responsibly.


“Passengers have to be given clear direction.  They should be informed that travel through an airport and on an aircraft will requires the wearing of a mask or face covering, unless there are clear medical exemptions for the individual passenger.

“Passengers should be informed of such a policy, and that refusal to abide by this policy will incur denied boarding, removal from a flight, or a financial penalty and even a travel ban.

“We would also urge the industry and the UK government to make it a priority to get a common approach agreed across all common travel areas.”




Notes to editors:


During the coronavirus crisis Unite is working to keep workers and the public safe, to defend jobs and to protect incomes.


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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.