Even pilots have had to wear masks on board. Here, a first officer wears a protective face mask as he conducts preflight checks inside the cockpit on board a passenger aircraft operated by Wizz Air at Liszt Ferenc airport in Budapest, Hungary. The European Union is set to drop its mask mandate for passengers on flights and in airports from Monday, following an update to guidelines for the aviation industry. The recommendation for mandatory wearing of medical masks in airports and on board a flight is being lifted on May 16, EU's Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said last week, while noting that a face mask is still one of the best protections against the transmission of Covid-19. The updated guidance takes into account the latest developments in the pandemic, "in particular the levels of vaccination and naturally acquired immunity, and the accompanying lifting of restrictions in a growing number of European countries," the EASA said in a statement. The move is a big step forward and broadly aligns with public transport rules across Europe, according t . . . read the full article here.