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Qantas reveals it is SCRAPPING masks on international flights for major destinations in leaked memo

Qantas tore masks on international flights for several key destinations, leaked memo reveals to staff

  • Mask rules for air travel on Qantas planes lifted on Tuesday
  • The move is welcomed by the airline in an important step in ‘living with Covid’
  • It will affect flights from NSW, WA and Qld to UK, US and Rome
  • Flights from Victoria have not yet been given the green light
  • Wearing masks for incoming to Australia and domestically remains unchanged

Masks are no longer required on several major international Qantas flights, according to a leaked company memo to airline personnel.

The rules on inflight masks have been lifted on non-stop aircraft destined for countries where masks are not required by their authorities, the memo said.

For flights departing from NSW, Queensland, Western Australia and bound for the UK, US and Europe (Rome), passengers no longer need to wear masks.

The letter said services from Victoria have not been authorized to remove the mask rule, but the airline will confirm this once it does.

The leaked Qantas memo said:

The leaked Qantas memo said: “The change to inflight mask requirements on some international flights is an important step in our transition to living with Covid, and we welcome this change.”

The news brought to light by 2GB on Tuesday comes after the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) recommended the lifting of mask mandates at Australian airports last week.

The Qantas memo said, “The change to inflight mask requirements on some international flights is an important step in our transition to living with Covid, and we welcome this change.”

The airline added that investigations found the risk of transmission in aircraft cabins was “very low.”

The flying kangaroo said they “respect and understand” some crew members and passengers prefer to continue wearing masks and these will be available for use on board, at boarding gates, lounges and crew rooms.

Wearing masks for inbound and domestic on their planes will remain unchanged.

The airline added that studies had found the risk of transmission in aircraft cabins was 'very low'

The airline added that studies had found the risk of transmission in aircraft cabins was ‘very low’

Wearing masks inbound and domestically on Qantas aircraft remains unchanged

Wearing masks inbound and domestically on Qantas aircraft remains unchanged

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