Its the end of empty seats for the airlines – no face masks required

SAS passengersSAS passengers.Photo: Vidar Ruud / NTB scanpix
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Transport Minister Knut Arild Hareide (KrF) says that empty midsize seats are ending on Norwegian aircraft. There is no requirement for face masks on domestic travel.

It’s up to the airlines should they have a desire that their customers use face masks on domestic flights, but the authorities are not introducing any new regulations. NRK announced earlier today that a requirement for face masks would also be introduced in Norway.

When traveling abroad, the regulations of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) apply. Here, in some cases, there may be requirements for the use of face masks, the Ministry of Transport informs.

Safe to fly
Empty center seats have been required in this country since April 28.

– “We are now adjusting our supervisor in line with international recommendations. We do this on the condition that the distance recommendations and the other basic infection prevention councils are followed everywhere else during the journey,” Minister of Transport Knut Arild Hareide said in a press release.

Hareide emphasizes that there is very good air conditioning on the planes and that it will be safe to fly even though there will no longer be a requirement for an empty center seat.

The airlines decide
“The use of face masks is also not part of the government’s advice now. The airlines can decide for themselves,” says Minister of Health Bent Høie.

– “The aviation industry is an international industry, and we are now in a phase where we are gradually opening up and stepping down the measures. We believe that blocking the middle seat over time can be so challenging for the aviation industry, that with the contagious situation we now have, we can alleviate this and still have control over the spread of infection,” says Høie.

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