Cathay Pacific to Exempt First and Business Class Passengers from Face Mask Rule While Sleeping

By Kurt Stolz on 8 February 2021
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A Cathay Pacific aircraft landing at JFK

Cathay Pacific said it would allow business- and first-class passengers to take off their face masks at certain points during the flight in addition to when dining.

Passengers in those cabins will be allowed to remove their masks when they recline their seats to a fully-flat position in their suites.

The new rule applies “when a passenger is lying flat in business or first class,” according to an internal memorandum viewed by Frequent Business Traveler.

In a statement, the Hong Kong-based airline said that the move was possible because “seats in first and business class are more spacious with partitions,” adding that “passengers are exempted when lying flat for sleep.”

Cathay Pacific first instituted mask requirements at the airport and on flights in May 2020.

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