An aircraft of the Russian airline Aeroflot.


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Aeroflot recently announced its intention to reserve certain seats on its aircraft for passengers who cannot or do not wish to wear a mask.

However, the regulations of the Russian national airline make it compulsory to wear the protective accessory against the coronavirus when boarding and during flights.

The only exception is when travelers eat, drink or change their mask.

“Ensuring the safety of all passengers is of crucial importance to us,” said Yulia Spivakova, a spokesperson for the airline, in a statement quoted by CNN.

The measure put in place by Aeroflot is actually intended to respond to situations in which a person on board refuses to wear his mask while the aircraft is already in the air.

Incidents have multiplied

Incidents in flight or before take-off following disputes related to wearing a mask have indeed increased since the start of the health crisis linked to Covid-19.

Yulia Spivakova clarified that the new policy of her company "does not prevent the application of other liability measures in the event of violation of the rules relating to the use on board of personal protective equipment".

The Russian airline, however, did not specify what type of sanction it intended to impose on passengers refusing to keep their masks on their faces during an entire flight.

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