Mandatory use of masks among new measures implemented by SAS

From May 18 to August 31, anyone over the age of five will be required to wear face masks

Scandinavian airline SAS has announced it will usher in new rules this month in a bid to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Other measures that SAS aims to introduce includes all aircraft being cleaned and disinfected, and no food being served on flights.

“The measures aimed to prevent the spread of coronavirus together with clean and dry air onboard makes flying a safe means of transportation,” said Mattias Hedrén, the deputy head of safety and security with SAS.

“Many people in Scandinavia are completely dependent on SAS and air travel. They can rest assured we are taking all aspects concerning health and safety extremely seriously.” 

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Loose items gone
Moreover, there will be new boarding procedures in place to improve social distancing and there will be no pillows, blankets, trays and magazines in seat pockets.

Hand luggage will be restricted to one item per passenger. 

Passengers who are ill or showing any symptoms will not be allowed to board.