Lufthansa Group airlines now require surgical, KN95, or N95 masks onboard their flights. Cloth and homemade masks are no longer acceptable.
Children under the age of 6 do not have to wear masks on Lufthansa Group airlines.
Lufthansa Group airlines include Star Alliance carriers Austrian, Brussels, Lufthansa, and Swiss.
This comes after countries like France and Germany are banning cloth and homemade masks and mandating more protective masks in the face of new COVID variants.
One of the reasons that the US was slow to enact a mask recommendation was the fear that the general public would snap up surgical and N95 masks needed by healthcare workers. Eventually the CDC compromised by recommending cloth masks, so that the genera public wouldn’t take away more protective masks needed by frontline workers. But with the supply of more protective masks increasing, we may see a nationwide N95 mark recommendation in the US as well.
While N95s were selling for greater than $10 each online last year, the price has plummeted and can now be found for as low as $1.16 each on Amazon. They may make you look like a duck, but nobody is wearing masks for their looks and the breathing pocket on those makes them more comfortable than some less protective masks.