Despite a US court ruling which makes mask wearing optional at US airports and terminal buildings, onboard Caribbean Airlines (CAL) flights, the mandate remains in place.
The clarification comes from CAL Corporate Communications Manager Dionne Ligoure who said the requirement stays, in keeping with the COVID-19 protocols in force under the Public Health Ordinance.
In response to a Loop News inquiry, Ligoure indicated that onboard Caribbean Airlines’ aircraft and in most Caribbean destinations, wearing a face mask is still mandatory.
At today’s virtual COVID-19 briefing, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said, however, in the context of mask wearing onboard CAL flights, any decision made by the airline will be in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.
He said: “I just came back from Tobago and we had to wear masks on the flight.
Wearing masks in closed environments, in close contact with somebody is something I will do. I did say a couple of weeks ago if I have to travel I will wear a mask.
So, the Trinidad and Tobago position for CAL – I don’t know what other airlines are doing – is that whatever CAL decides, it will be done in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.”
CAL didn’t indicate whether the lifting of the mask mandate was being considered.
Following the US court ruling, major US airlines have made mask-wearing optional for both passengers and staff.
American Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines are among those who have lifted this requirement. But, while the relaxed mandate applies to domestic flights, the wearing of masks may still be required to fly to some international destinations.