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British Airways passengers complain about packaged flights in Europe

British Airways passengers have complained about packaged flights in Europe and passengers without masks, as other airlines are planning to run again this summer.

BA has defended itself by saying it is “personal preference” whether passengers on their flights wear face masks or not and that they are devising new safety procedures for a post-coronavirus world.

The airline industry as a whole is struggling to survive as the corona virus destroys the number of travelers – British Airways has already announced plans to lay off 12,000 personnel.

Operators are struggling to devise ways to ensure social distance on flights while carrying enough passengers to ensure the survival of their business. BA says transatlantic flights are quiet enough to guarantee social distance.

But that doesn’t stop passengers from complaining via social media about overcrowded BA flights on the continent with passengers sitting side by side and without face masks.

The UK has not issued guidelines for airlines, but the European Union Aviation Safety Agency says passengers should be 1.5 meters apart and wear masks.

Passengers arriving in the UK must also be quarantined for 14 days under strict restrictions introduced by the government.

A British Airways spokesperson told MailOnline: “We follow all guidelines from the UK government and global health authorities, including Public Health England and the World Health Organization.

“We have taken several steps to greatly reduce contact between customers and crew, and personal protective equipment is available to them.

“Like other forms of transportation, we keep vital links open – repatriation of customers and ensure that important supplies such as medicines and food are flown in. Our teams are doing a great job. ”

Twitter user Jonathan Gitlin posted images of a packed BA flight from Amsterdam with passengers sitting side by side.

Twitter user Jonathan Gitlin posted images of a packed BA flight from Amsterdam with passengers sitting side by side.

Passengers were also depicted without wearing face masks

What coronavirus security measures have airlines announced?

British Airways has said it is updating security and social distance measures for resuming flights in July.

It is not yet clear what this will look like, but the airline has stopped enforcing face masks or gloves.

Social distance will be encouraged, but the airline will not require the seats to remain empty.

easyJet

Easyjet has announced plans to keep the center seat empty within three-seat sofas to ensure social distance on its flights

Passengers must also wear masks.

No food is served and disinfectant wipes are available to passengers

Ryanair

Passengers and crew must wear face masks or facials and pass temperature controls.

Aer Lingus

Face masks are mandatory for both passengers and staff and last until the end of August.

Social distance is encouraged, but not required on aircraft.

Iberia

The Spanish airline also requires passengers to wear masks, while personnel are given full personal protective equipment.

Air is more often circulated on board using filters to remove bacteria and viruses.

Social distance is encouraged, but not required.

Air France

All passengers must wear face masks in flight.

Social distance is used ‘where possible’, but is not required.

Through a friend, it appears that @British_Airways carries passengers, just like the US airlines. Not everyone also wears a mask, ‘wrote Twitter user Jonathan Gitlin.

British Airways then responded to the tweet saying, “Hi Jonathan, I know this is worrying for everyone, but I’m afraid it is personal whether our passengers want to wear a mask or not on board?

“If I can help you with anything else, please come back.”

Another Twitter user from Copenhagen replied that it was a similar story in Europe, as he tweeted an image of a full flight, although this time every passenger was wearing a face mask.

“Yes, they all do it. Here in Europe too, although wearing a mask now seems mandatory. It’s not been a few weeks, ”he wrote.

Air France has made it mandatory to wear masks on its flights and strives to maintain social distance ‘where possible’.

“In cases where this is not possible, mandatory masks for all passengers and crew members provide adequate health protection,” their website says.

Spanish Iberia airlines have also made the wearing of masks mandatory for all personnel wearing full PPE, and strive for social distance where the number of passengers allows.

However, he notes that European directives do not oblige airlines to keep middle seats free.

Irish Aer Lingus has also made it mandatory to wear masks, noting that maintaining social distance is ‘not always possible’.

U.S. airlines, including United, American, and Delta, also require customers to wear masks – although Southwest does not.

The German airline Lufthansa also requires customers to wear a mouth cover, including at airports where social distance cannot be maintained.

BA sources said The sun that a flight from Amsterdam to Heathrow had around 70 percent capacity yesterday.

BA seems to have made a decision not to even bother trying passengers at a social distance. The crew does not wear masks or gloves on board, ‘a source told the publication.

British Airways has provided limited service to those in essential need of travel during the pandemic, but has stated that it will resume most of its flights from July with limited capacity.

BA has no longer said that it would require safety measures such as face masks for passengers.

Another Twitter user from Copenhagen replied that it was a similar story in Europe, as he tweeted an image of a full flight, although this time every passenger was wearing a face mask

Another Twitter user from Copenhagen replied that it was a similar story in Europe, as he tweeted an image of a full flight, although this time every passenger was wearing a face mask

Another Twitter user from Copenhagen replied that it was a similar story in Europe, as he tweeted an image of a full flight, although this time every passenger was wearing a face mask

Meanwhile, EasyJet will resume international and domestic flights on some of its routes from Monday, June 15, 2020, after grounding its fleet on March 30. The airline is committed to taking new safety measures, such as mandatory face masks.

Budget airline Jet2 confirmed that flights from the UK to destinations across Europe and beyond will resume from the beginning of July.

Whiz Air has already started a ‘phase return’ of commercial battles in Europe, with 10 percent of its fleet.

“We may be at 30 percent in late May or sometime in June,” said CEO Jozsef Varadi.

RyanAir has announced plans to restart 40% of its flights from July.

While each airline adopts its own individual passenger policy during the pandemic, the European Union Aviation Safety Authority has issued guidelines that many have adopted.

EASA recommends a social distance of 1.5m ‘where possible’, changing check-in and boarding to prevent passengers from coming together.

While passengers should be encouraged to wear masks while traveling, the guidelines do not mean that people should wear them.

People should also be encouraged to take less baggage into the cabin to avoid moving around, while keeping both food and duty-free service to a minimum.

The guidelines add: “Aircraft operators should, as far as possible, maintain a physical distance between passengers.

Family members and individuals traveling together as part of the same household can sit side by side.

“If physical distance cannot be guaranteed … passengers and crew members must adhere to strict hand hygiene at all times and … they must wear a face mask.”

Spanish Tourism Minister says British should book holidays in July because quarantine regulations ‘likely to be suspended’ because French politicians break draconian rules

Spain has encouraged British tourists to go ahead and book their summer holidays as the rules for locking are relaxed.

Reyes Maroto, the country’s tourism minister, said foreigners would plan to arrive from July when the rules requiring arrival to isolate 14 days are “likely to be suspended.”

European leaders are desperately urging plans to try to save the continent’s tourist season, fearing a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Maroto spoke after French politicians lashed out at Britain’s decision to introduce a 14-day quarantine for all newcomers, including returning holidaymakers.

People enjoy a morning on Barcelona's La Barceloneta beach on May 24, as the country slowly releases a strict closure of the corona virus

People enjoy a morning on Barcelona's La Barceloneta beach on May 24, as the country slowly releases a strict closure of the corona virus

People enjoy a morning on Barcelona’s La Barceloneta beach on May 24, as the country slowly releases a strict closure of the corona virus

Two women wearing sports equipment practice yoga at dawn at La Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona

Two women wearing sports equipment practice yoga at dawn at La Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona

Two women wearing sports equipment practice yoga at dawn at La Barceloneta Beach in Barcelona

Two women walk with their paddleboards while people enjoy a morning on the beach of La Barceloneta on Sunday

Two women walk with their paddleboards while people enjoy a morning on the beach of La Barceloneta on Sunday

Two women walk with their paddleboards while people enjoy a morning on the beach of La Barceloneta on Sunday

The Interior Ministry said it “regretted” the decision, making it difficult for British people to go on holiday in Europe.

Ministers from the two countries were discussing an “airlift” that would allow travelers to get around the rules, but negotiations got bogged down.

France and Spain both need to set out their rules on restarting domestic and international tourism this week.

Spanish regions dependent on the tourist trade are stepping up efforts to get foreign visitors back on the beaches as the country further simplifies closure today.

In Costa del Sol, an army of 3,000 beach assistants will cause tourists to obey the social distance rules on Spain’s busiest beaches this summer, and Mallorca is requesting permission to reopen to tourists earlier than the July national target.

In Benidorm, the local mayor was angry with the UK’s plans for a 14-day quarantine for British returning from abroad.

The hired workers in Costa Del Sol will also be tasked with preventing overcrowding as hordes of vacationers flock to the coast after the stress of the past few months.

Juanma Moreno, president of the regional government of Junta de Andalucia, whose role includes the British favorite Costa del Sol, announced the groundbreaking movement on Sunday afternoon.

He said the beach assistants would work closely with the town hall that employed local police and lifeguards on Spain’s southern beaches.

The area they will cover extends from the province of Almeria in the east to Huelva in the west, although a large percentage is expected to be allocated to beaches on the Costa del Sol, one of Spain’s best known international stretches of coastline.

Two women with face masks practice yoga at sunrise on the beach of La Barceloneta in Barcelona on May 24

Two women with face masks practice yoga at sunrise on the beach of La Barceloneta in Barcelona on May 24

Two women with face masks practice yoga at sunrise on the beach of La Barceloneta in Barcelona on May 24

UK quarantine regulations

The government has said that people arriving in the UK from June 8 must isolate themselves for 14 days to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.

Interior Minister Priti Patel said the measure would “reduce the risk of things crossing our borders.”

People will have to tell the government where they plan to isolate themselves.

Interior Minister Priti Patel said the measure “reduces the risk of things crossing our borders”

The rule is enforced by random checks and fines of up to £ 1000.

Border Force chief Paul Lincoln said those who did not have their own accommodation to isolate themselves would be provided with facilities by the government at their own expense.

The announcement sparked arguments with British holidaymakers hoping to go abroad this summer, as airlines condemned the new measure as “effectively killing air travel.”

The government is now considering ‘airlifts’ to allow tourists to travel without quarantining to countries with a low infection rate.

The new measures are renewed every three weeks from their introduction.

Truck drivers, seasonal workers, and coronavirus medications are exempt.

Aside from famous Costa del Sol resorts such as Marbella and Torremolinos, Andalusia also includes popular British resorts such as Mojacar and the fantastic beaches of Costa de la Luz, such as those in Tarifa and Zahara de los Atunes.

Beach assistants will be selected from a list of people who are currently unemployed and had the opportunity to register for temporary public sector jobs earlier this year as part of a regional government initiative.

Nearly 600,000 people are registered for seasonal work.

Mr. Moreno said their responsibilities would include “ensuring the safety of beachgoers through surveillance and organizing social distance.” They will also be tasked with controlling access and limiting the number of people on the busiest beaches.

Although they are not given police powers, the head of government said he is expected to notify the police of incidents so that officers can intervene if necessary.

He described the beach assistants as a “huge army” and added, “They will enable us to organize the opening of our beaches in a planned way this summer.” Mr Moreno revealed his new plans for Spain’s southern beaches after the country’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, said foreign tourists would be welcomed from July.

It is because as of today, the Coronavirus locking measures are being relaxed for people in Madrid and Barcelona, ​​while the first beaches are being reopened elsewhere in Spain.

Residents of the two cities are now allowed to meet in groups of ten, at home or on restaurant and bar terraces.

Mr. Sanchez said in a live television broadcast on Saturday, “Spain receives over 80 million visitors annually.

“Therefore, I would like to announce that from the month of July, the arrival of international tourism in Spain will resume safely.

“Foreign tourists can now plan their holidays here.” Juan Marin, vice president of the Junta de Andalucia, previously said that rapid Covid-19 tests on foreign tourists could be the way forward for the recovery of the international holiday market.

He told a Spanish radio station that the country had to compete on a level playing field with competing countries such as Portugal and Italy, and warned, “If we miss this summer, we will face a frozen winter.”

Many Spanish town halls have already indicated that, by limiting the number of tourists who can enjoy their beaches, social distance will be at the top of their priority list.

A woman practices yoga at sunrise on the beach of La Barceloneta in Barcelona

A woman practices yoga at sunrise on the beach of La Barceloneta in Barcelona

A woman practices yoga at sunrise on the beach of La Barceloneta in Barcelona

A police officer watches while a woman walks along the beach of La Barceloneta in Barcelona

A police officer watches while a woman walks along the beach of La Barceloneta in Barcelona

A police officer watches while a woman walks along the beach of La Barceloneta in Barcelona

People enjoy a night out on the Pedregalejo beach in Malaga on May 23. Spain said it would allow foreign tourists and resume top-class football in the coming weeks, leading Europe to stop virus more quickly

People enjoy a night out on the Pedregalejo beach in Malaga on May 23. Spain said it would allow foreign tourists and resume top-class football in the coming weeks, leading Europe to stop virus more quickly

People enjoy a night out on the Pedregalejo beach in Malaga on May 23. Spain said it would allow foreign tourists and resume top-class football in the coming weeks, leading Europe to stop virus more quickly

The Costa del Sol resort of Fuengirola has said it will use artificial intelligence to check numbers.

The authorities in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava have said that they plan to place different age groups in different parts of their beaches.

Travelers entering Spain are currently forced to quarantine for 14 days, but the order will be lifted when the country ends the current state of emergency by the end of June, unless there is a dramatic change in the health situation.

People enjoy a night out on Pedregalejo Beach in Malaga. The Costa del Sol resort of Fuengirola has said it will use artificial intelligence to check numbers

People enjoy a night out on Pedregalejo Beach in Malaga. The Costa del Sol resort of Fuengirola has said it will use artificial intelligence to check numbers

People enjoy a night out on Pedregalejo Beach in Malaga. The Costa del Sol resort of Fuengirola has said it will use artificial intelligence to check numbers

People enjoy a night out on Pedregalejo Beach. Authorities in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava have said that they plan to place different age groups in different parts of their beaches

People enjoy a night out on Pedregalejo Beach. Authorities in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava have said that they plan to place different age groups in different parts of their beaches

People enjoy a night out on Pedregalejo Beach. Authorities in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava have said that they plan to place different age groups in different parts of their beaches

A man is sunbathing while people enjoy a morning on the beach of La Barceloneta in Barcelona on May 24

A man is sunbathing while people enjoy a morning on the beach of La Barceloneta in Barcelona on May 24

A man is sunbathing while people enjoy a morning on the beach of La Barceloneta in Barcelona on May 24

Benidorm Mayor Toni Perez has added his voice to the chorus of concerns over the UK government’s quarantine regulations.

Mr Perez spoke after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said foreign holidaymakers would be welcomed from July after the current quarantine regulations for people arriving in the country have been lifted.

His message was described by the influential Spanish tourist group Exceltur as ‘very positive’.

The mayor of British favorite Benidorm also welcomed Mr Sanchez’s comments, but admitted British quarantine was a concern.

According to plans announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday, anyone who reaches the UK from June 8 will have to isolate themselves for 14 days or risk a fine of 1,000 fines. The new rules apply to returning vacationers.

Ms Patel described the measures as ‘temporary’, but said they would be reviewed every three weeks, meaning any extension beyond the initial three-week period would make it impractical for most Brits to take a break abroad to take.

Spain is the top destination for British tourists, with around 18 million people from the UK normally visiting the country every year.

Benidorm – made even more famous by the hit ITV comedy series of the same name – has an area known as Little England.

British visitors to the resort surpass all other nationalities except Spanish.

Four out of ten holidaymakers are from the UK.

Mr. Perez said: “Benidorm has been working on a safe resort this summer for weeks.

“It is not only important that Benidorm and Spain are safe destinations, but also that the countries where tourists come from are also safe.

‘We are closely following the evolution of the health situation in the neighboring countries of France and Portugal.

“But we also keep a close eye on our main market, the UK and the country that’s most worrying us.

“The quarantine announced by the British government, which will be revised after three weeks and contains high fines for people who ignore the rules, creates a lot of uncertainty.

“No one knows how long it can take and that has an effect on last minute holiday reservations and cancellations, which worries us.”

Yesterday, influential Spanish tourist group Exceltur called on the Spanish government to prioritize the UK in secure ‘air corridor’ negotiations to pave the way for a British return to the Costas this summer.

Exceltur’s vice president Jose Luis Zoreda called the Spanish Prime Minister’s invitation to foreign holidaymakers to choose Spain from July “very positive.”

He said, “This gets British and German tour operators going, because they now know they can operate in July if all goes well.”

He told Catalan daily El Periodico that Britain, which accounted for more than 18 million Spanish tourists abroad last year, and Germany should be priority countries in negotiating ‘safe corridors,’ he added: ‘ Pedro Sanchez’s speech was very positive because he is committed to a date with enough time for potential tourists to book holidays here, and because of the message it sends, a country’s prime minister welcomes foreign visitors.

“The common denominator is not the nationality, but the corridors.”

He said he thought it was unlikely that EU-wide borders reopening agreements could be reached by July, adding, “We need to get to work on these bilateral corridors and agreements.”

Many Spanish town halls have already indicated that, by limiting the number of tourists who can enjoy their beaches, social distance will be at the top of their priority list.

The Costa del Sol resort of Fuengirola has said it will use artificial intelligence to check numbers.

The authorities in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava have said that they plan to place different age groups in different parts of their beaches.

Travelers entering Spain are currently forced to quarantine for 14 days, but the order will be lifted when the country ends the current state of emergency by the end of June unless the health situation changes dramatically.

Additional measures are also being investigated, such as temperature controls at airports for foreign tourists flying to Spain in July.

Juan Marin, vice president of the Junta de Andalucia, the regional government in charge of areas such as the Brit-popular Costa del Sol, insisted on Sunday that rapid Covid-19 tests on foreign tourists could be the way forward the recovery of the International Holiday Market.

He told a Spanish radio station that the country had to compete on a level playing field with competing countries such as Portugal and Italy, and warned, “If we miss this summer, we will face a frozen winter.”

Teresa Ribera, one of the vice presidents of the Spanish government, has said that ‘safe corridors’ are likely to be deployed along the same lines as people’s movements between regions as part of a national tourism program.

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