At least as far as the easing is concerned, it seems as if Corona is already over. Now passengers on Lufthansa flights no longer need to wear their masks if the crew agrees. The increasing disputes about the obligation to wear masks are a security risk, it is said.
Lufthansa has released its crews from the obligation to enforce the mask requirement, which still exists on many flights, by all means. The company reported in Frankfurt that the number of conflicts with passengers about the corona protection measures had increased sharply. Reasons are the many relaxations in everyday life and the omission of the mask requirement in all neighboring countries of Germany.
The company evaluates the increasing disputes as a security risk that must be weighed against other risks. "Since safety is Lufthansa's top priority, the company is adapting its processes," said a spokesman. However, the captain still has the last word on board. Lufthansa explained that it was not going against the law and would continue to point out to passengers at many points in the process their legal obligation to wear masks during flights to and from Germany.
In the past few weeks, the company has publicly opposed the obligation to wear a mask, which also applies to long-distance trains and other public transport in Germany. The European aviation security agency EASA and the EU health authority ECDC lifted their recommendation for the general obligation to wear masks almost two weeks ago.