Qatar Airways Makes Face Shields Mandatory (In Addition To Face Masks)

Up until now, Qatar Airways passengers have had to wear face masks, but that requirement is being expanded. Qatar Airways passengers now have to wear face shields, in addition to face masks:

  • The disposable face shields will be handed out at boarding gates, and for those originating in Doha, they’ll be handed out at check-in
  • The face shields will come in two standard sizes — one for adults, and one for kids

What’s interesting is the requirements around wearing the face shields:

  • Economy class passengers are required to wear face shields in addition to face masks throughout the flight, except when they are served meals or drinks
  • Business class passengers are asked to wear face shields and face masks onboard at their own discretion, “as they enjoy more space and privacy”
  • Children under two years of page are advised not to wear face shields and face masks
  • During boarding and disembarkation, all passengers will be required to wear face masks and face shields

I’m a bit surprised by the lack of requirements for business class passengers. I can sort of rationalize that if we’re talking about Qsuites, where there’s a door.

Qatar Airways’ A350 Qsuites

But Qatar Airways also has many planes where seats are closer to one another, and don’t offer any sort of privacy.

Qatar Airways’ A330 business class