Here’s some good news post-hump day! The Malaysia Aviation Group (MAG) have expressed their approval of the most recent protocol from Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, which suggests that passengers no longer need to use face masks when flying onboard commercial aircraft.
Although the ruling has been lifted with immediate effect, passengers showing Covid-19 symptoms including fever, cough, and flu are still encouraged to keep a mask on while in-flight. In addition, whether or not passengers must wear masks also depends on the norms or laws of the destination country and the airline.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin explained that aeroplanes now have better ventilation than in the past, and safety evaluations and upgrades to aeroplane cabin ventilation prompted this decision.
Aircraft have a number of safety features, such as a cabin air circulation system that replaces the air in the cabin 20 to 30 times an hour, and a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter that can trap 99.9% of airborne pollutants like viruses and germs.
As part of the transition to the endemic phase of Covid-19, wearing face masks in most indoor settings became optional beginning September 7th 2022, while it would be up to individual business owners to decide whether or not their customers wore one.