Face-masks now mandatory on all Singapore Airlines flights

Passengers on Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights will need to mask-up, but it's a BYO affair.

By David Flynn, May 10 2020
Face-masks now mandatory on all Singapore Airlines flights

Passengers on all Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights must now wear a face mask throughout the flight under new rules issued by the Singapore's Civil Aviation Authority.

Masks are already mandatory in public throughout Singapore under the strict 'circuit breaker' measures introduced on April 14, and visitors remain barred from the island nation, as do transit passengers changing planes at Changi Airport.

However, Singapore Airlines won't be issuing masks – passengers will need to bring their own.

In addition, Changi Airport says that "all passengers on flights to Singapore will also be required to undergo a verbal health declaration and temperature checks before boarding the aircraft at the point of origin."

While the Civil Aviation Authority says that passengers must "observe safe distancing measures throughout the flight," Singapore Airlines refines this to apply only "when embarking and disembarking from a flight, as well as when queueing for the lavatory."

Passengers on flights to Singapore will also undergo a basic health assessment before boarding the aircraft. This includes a verbal health declaration and temperature checks.

Meal services will be suspended for all Singapore Airlines and SilkAir flights within South East Asia and to China, with passengers being handed "a snack bag with water and refreshments" upon boarding.

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir continue to fly a skeleton schedule of around nine jets to just 15 destinations across May and June 2020, representing a staggering 96% capacity reduction.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

Total posts 352

Be buggered if I would be wearing a mask all flight. Sooner find another airline or stay home.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

05 Sep 2013

Total posts 54

Doesn't surprise me.

All the main American airline (American, Delta, Southwest, United, Alaska, Frontier, JetBlue and Spirit) all require masks.

Air Asia, Air Canada, Air France, Lufthansa Group, KLM, Malaysian Airlines, Thai Airways, Wizz Air and many others require passengers or strongly recommend passengers to wear face mask too.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1243

You should be staying home anyway if travel is not essential.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 157

But take them off when the meals get served....

KLM - Flying Blue

05 Feb 2019

Total posts 39

Sooner or later all Airlines will make face-covering mandatory.

"...Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) supports the wearing of face coverings for passengers and masks for the crew while onboard an aircraft..."

IATA link: 2020-05-05-01

Seriously do these face masks really work, I've read where some doctors are saying they're a total waste of time. It's seems to me that Corona Virus is here to tell us how we should run our lives, thanks buy no thanks. To be honest I'm over this crap.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Dec 2012

Total posts 50

I wonder how it will work with pax using CPAP machines?

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

16 Jun 2017

Total posts 36

How the hell are you supposed to drink your champagne?


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