No more masks on US flights

A landmark ruling by a US judge means passengers no longer have to wear face masks on Virgin Atlantic and British Airways transatlantic flights to destinations where there is no legal requirement to wear them.

Yesterday Reuters reported that major US carriers relaxed the 14-month rule after a federal judge in Florida ruled the mandate was unlawful.

Today Virgin and BA followed suite with immediate effect.

 The ruling by US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, which came in a lawsuit filed last year, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had exceeded its authority with the mandate, had not sought public comment and did not adequately explain its decisions.

Mask wearing is now by personal choice but some airlines may ask passengers to wear them when boarding and disembarking flights.

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