Russian airline designates plane seats for passengers who refuse to wear masks

Russian airline Aeroflot has announced it will designate specific seats on board its planes for passengers who refuse to wear masks.

"It is critically important for us to ensure the safety of all passengers," Yulia Spivakova, a spokeswoman for the airline, said in a statement.

Aeroflot, which is Russia's largest airline and national flag carrier, has a policy that travelers must wear masks while boarding and while on the plane, unless they are eating, drinking or changing masks.

However, it seems that some passengers are not obeying these guidelines. And because a plane can't just stop in midair and kick out an offending passenger, Aeroflot has designated certain seats on each flight for travelers who cannot or will not follow the mask policy.

"[This] does not exclude the application of other measures of liability for violation of the rules for the use of personal protective equipment on board," Spivakova added.

Mask wearing policies on planes vary throughout the world and individual carriers often make their own rules. Much of the burden on enforcing these policies is passed onto flight attendants.

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