Friday September 9 is The Great Unmasking, at least where Qantas, Virgin Australia, Rex and other domestic airlines are concerned.
A meeting today of the National Cabinet – comprising the the Prime Minister and the Premiers and Chief Ministers of states and territories – agreed to remove the mask mandates for travellers on domestic flights from that date.
The Federal Government ruled for mandatory wearing of face masks on all domestic flights in early 2021; however, airlines were promoting masks as far back as May 2020 and they later became compulsory for flights to, from and within specific states and territories.
Airports around Australia declared masks optional in mid-June, so today’s announcement delivers welcome consistency for travellers.
Qantas no longer enforces the use of face masks on several international flights – including routes to London, Rome and the USA – in line with eased health requirements at those destinations.
Likewise, Singapore Airlines no longer requires face masks to be worn “unless they are travelling to or from destinations that require a face mask,” while masks are now optional rather than mandatory at Changi Airport and its lounges.