Comic book face mask covers to help ease children’s anxiety about flight rules

Face mask covers inspired by comic books will be handed to child passengers in a bid to ease anxiety about an airline’s new flight rules.

EasyJet announced it is to make thousands of the items available on selected routes when it restarts its operations on June 15.

The covers feature lion and pilot designs, and are to be worn over the top of a young traveller’s own face mask.

EasyJet’s requirement to wear a face mask in airports and on aircraft is part of a series of new safety and hygiene measures which will come into force once it resumes flights.

EasyJet will require all passengers to wear a mask when it resumes flights (Matt Alexander/PA)
EasyJet will require all passengers to wear a mask when it resumes flights (Matt Alexander/PA)

There will be no food sold during flights, enhanced cleaning of planes, and disinfection wipes and hand sanitiser provided.

Captain David Morgan, easyJet’s director of flight operations, said: “We have teamed up with a comic illustrator to create some bespoke children’s face mask covers as we know the airport environment could feel different and possibly daunting for younger travellers when flying initially resumes.

“So we hope these face mask covers help children enjoy flying with us over the summer and this makes things a little easier for parents too.”

The face mask covers were designed by Irish illustrator Will Sliney, who has worked on Spider-Man and Star Wars comics.

He said: “Flying with face masks is going to be a new experience for everyone, especially young children, so I hope these fun designs, inspired by comic book characters, help to encourage kids to wear their masks onboard.

“I have used a combination of a lion animal character and a futuristic pilot to create a set of mask covers to bring out the inner superhero in all young flyers.”

EasyJet’s initial schedule will involve mainly domestic flying in the UK and France.

Further routes will be confirmed “over the coming weeks” as demand increases and coronavirus lockdown measures across Europe are relaxed, the airline said.

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