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AirAsia Announces Face Masks Are No Longer Mandatory On Its Flights

The airline said that the use of face masks onboard its flights is now optional unless a passenger is travelling to or from destinations that require a face mask.

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AirAsia Malaysia today, 29 September, announced that the airline is exempting the use of face masks on its flights effective immediately

In a press statement, the airline said that the use of face masks onboard its flights is now optional unless a passenger is travelling to or from destinations that require a face mask.

"[Passengers] who wish to wear a face mask onboard may continue to do so," it said.

The AirAsia announcement comes a day after Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin told Malaysians that the government is removing the mandatory face mask requirement for flights beginning 28 September.

The airline assured that safety remains its highest priority and that it will continue to operate with the strictest safety standards

"All our aircraft are equipped with powerful high-efficiency particulate-absorbing (HEPA) filters that remove 99.99% of dust particles and airborne contaminants, including viruses and bacteria," AirAsia said.

The airline added that the cabin air is also "completely refreshed every three minutes" in order to ensure the highest possible quality of air throughout the duration of the flight.

"We will continue to update the guidelines on the use of face masks onboard for all other markets that we operate in as we return to the skies," read the statement.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health said the decision to remove the mandatory face mask requirement was made after a risk assessment:

Face masks are also no longer mandatory indoors: