Cathay Pacific is proof that the world is slowly healing from the effects of Covid-19 as they soften their safety rules for First And Business Class Passengers. Of course, safety is still paramount, but the Hong Kong airline says that passengers in its lie-flat first and business class seats can slip off the mask when they recline their seat to a fully-flat position. It’s pretty obvious that first and business class passengers of Cathay Pacific enjoy high enclosures and a greater degree of personal space, which automatically makes passengers distanced and safe. This setting inherently helps combat the airborne spread of coronavirus between passengers. In addition to space luxury, Cathay Pacific aircraft are outfitted with HEPA filtration systems that eliminate 99.9999 percent of dust particles, including viruses and bacteria. Another airline that’s taken a step in a similar direction is Qatar Airways. The airline boasts ample space and privacy in Qsuites, which is why passengers can wear a mask onboard at their own discretion.
The airline says, “While the risk of transmission onboard remains very low, we have implemented measures to safeguard the wellbeing of our passengers and crew. To protect the wellbeing of all passengers and our crew on board, if you are two years of age or older, you must wear a face mask when traveling with us.”
[Via: Executive Traveller]
Note – Qatar Airways does require masks to be worn by all passengers, regardless of the seat for the entirety of their flight unless they have a specific exemption with documentation or are children under 6.