Lufthansa no longer wants to strictly enforce the mask requirement on board its aircraft. According to an internal report, the security risk in clashes with mask opponents is too high for the staff. Although the EU health authority now only recommends the masks, it is still compulsory to wear them on flights to and from Germany.

Lufthansa has released its crews from the obligation to enforce the mask requirement, which still exists on many flights, by all means. The number of conflicts with passengers about the corona protection measures has increased sharply, the company reported on Friday in Frankfurt. Reasons are the many relaxations in everyday life and the elimination of the mask requirement in all neighboring countries of Germany.

The company evaluates the increasing disputes as a security risk that must be weighed against other risks. “Since safety is Lufthansa’s top priority, the company is adjusting its processes,” said a spokesman. The news magazine “Der Spiegel” reported first. However, the captain still has the last word on board. The fact that passengers without a mask are escorted out of the plane before take-off or are not allowed on board at all could be the exception.

Lufthansa is not going against the law and will continue to inform passengers at many points in the process of their legal obligation to wear masks on flights to and from Germany. The airline and its competitor Condor were considered one of the few airlines that strictly enforced the rules to the end. Travel flexibly with DERTOURS – book your next holiday now

In the past few weeks, the company has publicly opposed the obligation to wear a mask, which in Germany also applies to long-distance trains and other public transport until September 23rd. The European aviation security agency EASA and the EU health authority ECDC lifted their recommendation for the general obligation to wear masks almost two weeks ago.

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