BRITS have been given a holiday boost after the the recommendation to wear face masks on flights in Europe has been dropped.

However, a number of EU destinations still require them on public transport – meaning holidaymakers will be in trouble if they don't wear them on flights.

Yesterday, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) issued an update on health safety measures for air travel.

This included dropping the recommendation for mandatory wearing of masks in airports and on flights.

EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said: "From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport."

But despite this, a number of countries are yet to confirm they are following the new rules.

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Yesterday, Spain said that they will not be following the guidelines, and that masks will still have to be worn on flights.

Spain's Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, said the government had no intention of eliminating the compulsory use of masks on public transport and on planes despite the EASA and ECDC decision.

And countries including France, Portugal and Italy have all scrapped face masks, apart from on public transport.

This means Brits will still need to wear them during the flight.

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Ryanair, who has also confirmed that face masks will no longer be needed on their flights from May 16, said there were 15 destinations that were not included in this.

There are:

  • Austria
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxemburg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain

Other UK airlines have already scrapped face masks onboard, depending on the destination.

Jet2 was the first to scrap face masks, followed by TUI, easyJet and British Airways, depending on the flight route.

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