Passengers who refuse to or claim they cannot wear face masks aboard Lufthansa flights will only be able to do so with a negative COVID-19 test and a medical certificate in order to board. Starting Sept. 1, Lufthansa passengers who are medically unable to wear a face mask onboard flights will be required to provide a signed medical note and negative results of a COVID-19 test, taken within 48 hours of boarding, the airline announced on Monday.
The rule will apply to all passengers aged six or older on all airlines in the Lufthansa group.
The medical certificate is available online and requires a physician to sign off that the passenger cannot wear a face mask “due to an underlying medical condition” but is still “fit to fly.”
At the beginning of May, Lufthansa became one of the first airlines in the world to make face masks mandatory onboard. It followed many other airlines in banning face masks with a valve, which can actually exacerbate the spread of COVID-19.
But because not all passengers can wear face masks for extended periods of time, airlines are coming up with unique ways to accommodate them while maintaining safety for the entire cabin. For example, Delta Air Lines passengers who wish to forgo a mask must now undergo a pre-boarding medical screening process, which can take up to an hour.
In the future, air travel will be much different than it was while airlines try to regain our confidence and business.