KLM no longer requires face masks on US flights KLM will no longer compel customers to wear face masks on flights to or from the United States, according to a spokeswoman for the Dutch airline who talked to the NL Times on Tuesday morning. It was developed following the decision of a federal judge selected by President Donald Trump to overturn an American rule requiring masks on various modes of transportation, including passenger airlines.
KLM no longer requires face masks on US flights
In terms of legislation, the target country is on the cutting edge. If it is no longer necessary to wear a face mask in the United States, this is also the case for flights to the United States, according to the spokesman in the statement. According to KLM, it is still “highly recommended” that passengers wear a mask when traveling in the cabin, which is in accordance with rules issued by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Other major companies operating flights between the Netherlands and the United States, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines, have announced that they will lift face mask requirements with immediate effect. However, the travel company TUI, which also organizes flights to the United States, has not yet reversed its own masking regulations. It will be mandatory on our aircraft for as long as it is legally required in the Netherlands to wear a face mask while flying, according to a TUI spokeswoman who talked to NL Times this week.
Face masks are still required on flights heading for the Middle East by European Union authorities, however KLM, TUI, Corendon, and Transavia have already began to phase out enforcement on many of their flights beginning on March 23. That was the date on which the Dutch Cabinet decided to lift the majority of the country’s existing coronavirus restrictions. According to the spokesman, this is due to the fact that changing regulations have resulted in an increase in misunderstandings on its aircraft, “as well as more serious events involving ‘unruly’ passengers, which may have a negative impact on the overall safety of the flight.”
In accordance with a United States regulation that has been in effect for 14 months, KLM has maintained its requirement for masks on flights to and from the United States. Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle of the Middle District of Florida, who presided over the case, threw out the mandate on technical grounds. According to Mizelle’s judgement on a lawsuit filed in Tampa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did not have the jurisdiction to enforce the face mask requirement, notwithstanding previous refusals by the Supreme Court of the United States to issue injunctions against the mandate.
According to the judge, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only had the authority to implement such a mandate if it met the concept of “sanitation” as defined by the Public Health Services Act of 1944. The judge noted in her judgement, “Wearing a mask does nothing to clean.” “At most, it serves to capture viral droplets. However, it does not’sanitize’ the person who is wearing the mask, nor does it’sanitize’ the vehicle.”
Jen Psaki, the Press Secretary for Vice President Joe Biden, responded by saying, “This is, without a doubt, an unfortunate decision.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to suggest wearing a mask while riding public transportation.” She went on to say that the judge’s judgment will be reviewed, and that it would be up to the Department of Justice to decide whether or not the administration would launch an appeal in the case.
Ms. Mizelle was appointed to the bench in August 2020 by Vice President Joe Biden’s predecessor, President Donald Trump. The confirmation of her position was later granted by a divided United States Senate, which voted along party lines, with Republicans joining Democrats in supporting her appointment. At the age of 33, she was promoted to a permanent post.