Wednesday,  September 23, 2020  8:57 am

This type of face mask is no longer allowed on Air Canada flights

This type of face mask is no longer allowed on Air Canada flights
Michael Pihach

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Air Canada took to its Twitter on Wednesday (Sept. 2nd) to clarify a rule regarding a certain type of face mask that some stores are selling.

Masks with an exhalation valve have been deemed ineffective in the protection against COVID-19, according to requirements outlined by Transport Canada.

Some commercially available masks have these valves, which are designed to make masks more breathable for the person wearing it.

This function, while convenient, still allows infectious respiratory droplets to spread outside the mask, the government says.

“Masks with exhalation valves are not recommended, because they don't protect others from COVID-19 and don't limit the spread of the virus,” reads a statement on the Government of Canada’s website. 

As such, Air Canada is advising passengers to not wear these types of masks as the airline, effectively immediately, is longer recognizing them as an effective method of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“…they no longer qualify as acceptable face coverings when travelling with us,” Air Canada tweeted

Mask & you shall receive

Since April 20th, all passengers in Canada have been required to have a non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during travel, as per orders outlined by Transport Canada. 

Canadian airlines have recently been tightening their mask-wearing policies, as well as penalties for passengers who refuse to wear a mask while flying.

Last week, WestJet implemented new safety measures that take aim at those who fail to follow their mask-wearing protocols, including booting offenders off flights to even banning them from WestJet Group flights for a whole year.

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