The UK is an island and I hate to think how many of the initially infected passed through LHR without any check at all. This is a new virus. Along with wearing a non-medical mask or face covering and physical distancing, the Government of Canada strongly advises all travellers in Canada to use the free COVID Alert app to: To wear one for hours in an airport and throughout a flight? But given that this specifically states “non-medical and face-coverings” – that’s either going to be a disaster with semantics or someone will find a way to make this a huge deal. In compliance with Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations, Air Canada … Of course a medical mask would work better than a cloth. And a mask can potentially help. In response to a directive from Transport Canada, Air Canada has made masks mandatory. What happens if someone on a Montreal to Vancouver flight – 5hrs? I recently took a flight from BKK to AMS and almost everyone on the plane was wearing mask for the duration of the flight as well as all flight attendants. Just like those stats that shows older people are at high risk so teenagers come out to party saying they’re not at risk. Since early April, Air Canada has been strongly recommending that all customers wear a face-covering over their mouth and noses while onboard its flights following revised recommendations by the Public Health Agency of … Trump is talking about opening up the border between the countries. I guess it comes down to Canada doing whatever they can to keep their citizens healthy, and alive. This site is for entertainment purposes only. But a ministerial order issued Friday … Many countries in Asia figured it out long time ago when there was SARS. The problem w/this statement, Steve, is that once something like this gets put into place, it’s very hard to undo for precisely the reasons Chiguy1979 mentioned. Got back to London and they were patting themselves on the back for putting a few posters up. Open this photo in gallery. The sources, both familiar with the incident on a Toronto-to-Montreal Air Canada flight Tuesday, said the populist politician did not don a mask as required, prompting law … It is worth noting that the laws do have exceptions for medical usage. Another reason not to fly Air Canada. Meanwhile about 2500 people died in the US yesterday. China and Japan — China and Taiwan, too — are two very different countries. Sure I wouldn’t want to sit on a plane for five hours crossing the country with a face mask on, if I had to actually fly now. What about people who don’t have access to those masks. Register here to save your space. They’re just trying to cover up the lies from WHO and CDC when they said medical masks won’t benefit the public. If your willing to fly, then this is an easy precaution to take. My preference is to just not fly until this virus is over. With new, more contagious variants of the virus circulating, some experts and officials are questioning whether people should wear more protective masks in some places. Masks and COVID-19: When, how and why you'd wear them, Ottawa pursuing technological approaches to COVID-19 contact tracing, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. What is the downside to requiring a mask? I merely said that countries in Asia, in general, have good measures established, yes there might be exceptions. I realise this is Canada and not one of the European countries where masks and face-coverings have been banished. PPE should be totally reserved for our health care professionals. I can’t wait to get home and take it off. I do question the logic behind this, and not just for flying in Canada but in general public. I would appreciate more mandatory measures that don’t leave room for (lack of) judgement calls. In all other modes, operators may require travellers to wear a non-medical mask or face covering whenever possible, especially when interacting with others, and when they cannot maintain a distance of 2 metres. They only consistently need to be worn at security, while onboard planes they need to be worn when social distancing isn’t possible. Medical exemptions: None. Canada is now requiring airline passengers to travel with face masks. To summarize, it mainly to reduce transmission from asymptomatic carriers (there are significantly fewer particles coming out of your mouth even with most simple mask), to remind us not to touch our face, especially after touching contaminated surfaces on the place and even if it does not fully protect you from getting infected it can reduce viral dose that you get and it will result in less severe illness. @Jim The solution is good old handwriting. One of the most significant arguments against those bans was precisely this kind of situation (and for people with chronic illnesses). What do you make of the requirement to wear masks — would you like to see a policy like this expanded? Please check your email to confirm your subscription. Just wow. COVID-19 measures, updates, and guidance for marine transportation issued by Transport Canada; Non-medical masks or face coverings while travelling. Maxime Bernier denies he ignored mask rules on Air Canada flight or was fined. As it stands now, Canada has 1,310 deaths, 35 people per million. The regulator said travelers must cover their mouth and nose during the boarding process and flights. The airline also said it has made a number of changes to its onboard service. Essentially this requires all air passengers to have a non-medical mask or face covering (to cover their nose and mouth) during travel. (And I live in Canada). Please view our advertising policy page for additional details about our partners. Initially, Canadians were told not to wear non-medical masks because maintaining physical distance from others was seen as sufficient to prevent the spread of the virus. Photo: Getty Images Transport Canada now requires face masks. 1. Its not that covid-19 is a hoax, it is that any mask that can be found anywhere will do nothing except make it ‘look good’. About BenBen Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. Because a bandana or someone’s homemade mask made out of a tshirt actually does something? Non-medical masks help to prevent those wearing them from spreading the virus. Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Essentially this requires all air passengers to have a non-medical mask or face covering (to cover their nose and mouth) during travel. Garneau's office said the scientific advice on masks has changed and the rules are changing as well. The federal government maintains that wearing masks is not a substitute for maintaining a two-metre physical distance from others, regular hand-washing and staying home whenever possible. Canada will require passengers to wear a face mask onboard flights. Look who’s laughing now , when everyone has to wear a niqab. Airlines and authorities will soon be able to deny travel if a passenger cannot demonstrate they are in possession of a mask. If we have not learned anything about the Coronavirus, we live in a filthy world. Canada’s Minister of Transport has announcedsome new travel restrictions that kick in as of 12PM EDT on Monday, April 20, 2020. This is just another example of overblown hysteria and statistically worthless actions designed to make the crybabies feel better. No testing or checks whatsoever. Sneered at locally. You can use the rating system in the table above to see the exact proportion each certification requires. So I won’t travel if a mask is necessary. Flew China Airlines TPE-NRT on 24Mar20..350-900 Airbus…18 pax..All pax required to be wearing masks to board..dont know if it was a government requirement or airline requirement(which is government owned)…Mask work…look at the population of Taiwan and the number that are infected..been wearing masks for years because of the pollution blowing across the Taiwan straits from China.. Actually closing the border early in the game and instituting tight controls is what worked. A person wearing a protective face mask looks at a … Comments are welcome while open. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). In addition, all travellers arriving in Canada will be required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering to proceed to their final destination where they will isolate or quarantine. I think all of those, including you, are taking it to the extreme. "It's a step forward, but it is not enough to protect airline workers from contamination," said Gagnon. I dont see how this will work in reality. And, I didn’t see this announcement saying this is a permanent policy. You are absolutely right that a non-medical mask is not as safe as a N95 mask, but my understanding is that the purpose/benefit of a non-medical mask is different. The real issue is that airlines are projecting blame, and responsibility, onto the passengers for their bacteria-filled petri dishes. NOW some cleaning is being done. The WHO states there’s no evidence so far homemade masks work How will they check how efficient they are ? And now this? Home made masks a complete waste of time and false reassurance, good news only for terrorists. Philippe Gagnon, a CUPE spokesman representing the staff of nine airlines across Canada, said that while the measures are welcome the union will continue to fight for the federal government to provide flight attendants with full protective equipment or the legal ability to refuse work if it doesn't. At MEX everyone wore a mask. They were just trying to hoard the masks for themselves so they would have to figure out how to fix the shortages and difficulty ramping up production they caused by sending our manufacturing capacity to China. But in the end, who is actually flying now? Earn 85,000 Membership Reward® points | Terms Apply. We know relatively little about it. Passengers need to bring their own protective gear, or else they won’t be allowed to travel. WATCH | Dr. Theresa Tam and Health Minister Patty Hajdu say they'd wear masks in public: Air Canada said in a statement that, in addition to the new measures, it is making N95 masks, single-use gowns and gloves available to flight crews and is giving all flight attendants sterile wipes and hand sanitizer. I’m surprised the real issues are not addressed. But it’s five friggin hours of my life. I am totally fine with these measures and with reduction of service until the pandemic is over. In … I think every airline should adopt it in given circumstances. We came back from Thailand in early Feb. Thailand was great and safe. If I think a mask might help me not get sick, or prevent someone else getting ill, I’ll wear it. If you'd like to participate in the discussion, please adhere to our commenting guidelines. I wear a mask when I’m out doing my once-a-week shopping and I feel claustrophobic with it on. I am … somewhat amazed at a “Western” country making “non-medical masks or face coverings “mandatory” in specific situations. Speak out, if not for yourself, but for others so YOU can again fly in comfort. Unfortunately today, we are led by science deniers which is highlighting the new American exceptionalism of the 21st century which gave us 4,591 deaths on Thursday. Our national leadership stinks. Surgical mask standards have higher requirements for capturing virus-sized (0.1 micron) particles, however they vary by region. A non-medical mask or face covering with an exhalation valve or vent, with slits or punctures, or made with mesh or lace fabric, a neck gaiter, a bandana, or a plastic face shield/covering have been deemed ineffective in the protection against COVID-19 according to requirements outlined by Transport Canada and the TSA, and as such they do not qualify as acceptable face … International flights will also be limited to bottled water but pre-packaged meals will be offered. EXCEPTIONS Face coverings must not be worn under the following circumstances: children under two years old; passengers with … Canadian and provincial governments have said they’re not interested yet. Now they’re telling you it’s YOUR job to wipe down your entire seat, tray, armrests, etc. Masks will be needed at Canadian security checkpoints. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Who must wear: All passengers ages 2 and older. The benefit of a face covering is that it prevents an asymptomatic patient spreading the virus as much as possible. I think it’s the right thing to do,” Ford said. You can now add Canada to the list of countries requiring passengers to travel with face masks. I guess I could sneak into an ICU and steal some but that is not the ethical thing to do. “And, I didn’t see this announcement saying this is a permanent policy.”. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. All air travellers, with few exceptions, are required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while travelling. Definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting change. The assumption is that if it’s mandatory people will be prohibited from removing them and yet what about eating and drinking? 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The general attitude in this board shows exactly why europe/us are top of the cases found/dead. Reminder: OMAAT comments are changing soon. We distribute complimentary customer Care Kits which include: 30 ml hand sanitizer, 2 antiseptic wipes, mask (non-surgical), 250 ml water bottle to all customers onboard all Air Canada and Air Canada Express flights. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. We left Canada early January and have not been able to purchase anything resembling hand sanitizer. If you want restrictions lifted, speak up about the conditions passengers are subjected to. Transport Canada is requiring medical proof for air passengers claiming an exemption to mask rules. At ATL, most of the staff but well under half the pax were wearing masks. Yes, you have to eat, and a mask won’t keep you from getting sick. Some health experts questioning advice against wider use of masks to slow spread of COVID-19, Canadian officials working around the clock to secure medical supplies, deputy minister says, New mandatory quarantine rules for returning Canadian travellers include masks — and hotels if necessary. A mask or face covering can be homemade or purchased, and should: be made of at least 3 layers. Canada’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Theresa Tam and Health Minister Patty Hajdu say they'd wear masks when in public in cases where they're unable to maintain physical distancing to protect others. Note: Please see my Advertiser Disclosure. "At this point, we are looking forward to a full and comprehensive engagement with the airline and federal government regarding legislative changes to bolster the rights of workers to personal protective equipment and their right to refuse unsafe work," he added. That never would have been accepted in Mexico. How about the people who are immunocompromised and/or hypochondriacs stay at home and let the rest of us enjoy our lives? Air Canada 737 MAX Has Engine Issues & Diverts: Nonstory? So does the FAs, they also do not take off the ppe. Please don’t treat “Asia” as one big place. Outside of banner ads published through the Boarding Area network, this compensation does not impact how and where products appear on this site. 2. Smart people, smart companies learn from disasters and strive to make things better. These numbers don’t tell the whole story obviously but they must say something. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. No thanks. Covering your face with anything including your shirt assuming it sufficient thick enough to block much of your exhaling would be perfectly fine. Air passengers displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to board aircraft regardless of whether they have a mask. Prohibited face masks: Face coverings with holes, including exhaust … The following people should not wear a mask: children under 2 years old A N95 mask is used in situations where the wearer needs to be protected from an infected person who may be exhaling airborne droplets possibly containing virus. Almost all the staff were wearing gloves, too, except for the grimy prim government official lady who checked my passport. Aviation passengers on all flights departing or arriving at Canadian airports will also be required to demonstrate they have the necessary non-medical mask or face covering during the boarding process otherwise they will not be allowed to continue on their journey. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to enhance his first class experiences. The Canadian Union of Public Employees broadly welcomed the new measures but stressed that they want to see more done to protect workers in the airline industry. Author of the article: Tom Blackwell. Oh no – respiratory droplets spray across the entire cabin!!! Even the fashionable curvy chicas with crop tops and painted on pants had their lips fully covered. Book hotels, cars and vacations with Air Canada Vacations. This affects very few people. People are dying daily because of this thing. And in addition to “hoax” and ‘scamdemic” let’s add the moon landing was staged in the desert and the earth is really flat. My original ticket was direct.). A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you. Garneau's department said it worked with airlines and unions which had pushed for the regulations to keep workers in the industry safe. The rule goes into effect at noon ET on Monday. But that’s not the purpose of this. Those flying will need to wear a face mask to fly. And we shouldn’t think that at all. Your email address will not be published. Non-medical masks have been required for air travellers in Canada since mid-April to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As the Minister of Transport explains, wearing a non-medical mask or face covering over the mouth and nose is another way to prevent your respiratory droplets from contaminating others or landing on surfaces, which is why this policy is being implemented. Stay connected via social media, or subscribe to our free email newsletter for tips on upgrading your travel and maximizing your miles! “ “I am … somewhat amazed at a “Western” country making “non-medical masks or face coverings “mandatory” in specific situations.” “…you’re on a full flight, social distancing cant be maintained…” AMEN! you’re on a full flight, social distancing cant be maintained and you’re thirsty and hungry. If it even saves one person from getting sick, it’s worth it. USA has 37,175 deaths, 110 people per million. Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced a package of new measures Friday that also will require people flying in Canada to wear masks at all Canadian screening checkpoints whenever maintaining two metres' separation from others is not possible. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Therefore it makes sense to do as much as people can. What makes you think i treat China/Taiwan/Japan as the same country? For all those arguing the logistics of this, in this time, many governments are willing to do whatever they can to prevent the spread of this virus. What makes you think non-medical mask or face covering is as safe as using N95. We’ll all be better off. not some nervous nellies flying around when they should be at home staying safe. The Minister of Transport announced new measures requiring all air passengers to have a removable, non-medical mask or face covering to cover their mouth and nose during travel. Delta & WestJet Joint Venture Called Off: What Happened? Following an order from Canada's Minister of Transport, Air Canada has also required masks or facial coverings for all passengers since April 20. People need to get over this irrational fear and go back to living. People's Party of Canada Leader … Add some “good” to your morning and evening. Specifically “non-medical masks and face-coverings”? So I view wearing a non-medical mask as a way to make others with close contact feel more comfortable. If each and every airplane was not a filthy piece of s**t, and seats were spaced so you didn’t have to crawl in, or out, of them, maybe no one would have to complain about travel restrictions. Travellers will have to wear masks whenever they cannot physically distance themselves from others, or when directed to do so by a member of an airline staff or a public health official. All levels of governments are working together, using science, available resources and compassion, to do the best they can with a situation that changes daily. While we do try to list all the best miles and points deals, the site does not include all card companies or credit card offers available in the marketplace. SLC was a little better than ATL but still not taking this seriously. It’s called the Novel Coronavirus for a reason (novel meaning new). (Had my flight cancelled twice before getting on one that flew. I’m trying to point out stupid measures that gives the public a false sense of security. It’s impossible to tell. Everyone can get ill. HEPA filters only go so far. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. And what about children and infants ? They’re just asking for an explosion of death. Turns out medical masks are the best possible thing for the public and they knew that all along. It’s your job, not theirs! I do think masks are especially needed for ignorant people. Editorial Disclosure: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any entity mentioned herein. Our founding fathers included Ben Franklin and other people of science. You should watch Chris Martenson video masks why wearing even simple mask is important. The owner of this site is not an investment advisor, financial planner, nor legal or tax professional and articles here are of an opinion and general nature and should not be relied upon for individual circumstances. … MONTREAL — Transport Canada said on Friday that all airline passengers would be required to wear a non-medical mask or face covering during travel to curb the spread of coronavirus. However, it seems they want the same status quo! You need to hydrate or take medication, I forgot to add it looks like restrictions required in Saudi Arabia If you are travelling by plane from and within Canada, you are required to bring your own face covering. Or is it 70 cents now? 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