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N95 mask with valve okay for air travel?

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N95 mask with valve okay for air travel?

I have the 3M N95 8511 mask with valve I want to wear on our very long AC flight. Wondering if they're permitted on aircraft. I read some airlines banned these type of masks.

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Don't know what a N95 with respirator means. A N95 mask is a respirator.
Get one without a valve though

Like a 3M 8210
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I should say with the valve.
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Personally, I would opt for a 95 or 94 series without a valve
As they are far higher rated against Covid

Winking Face Lol, unless you intend to leave it on continually, and use a straw for drinking

BTW … WHERE did you hear that an airline banned them
That makes no sense to me.
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PointsHubby wrote: Personally, I would opt for a 95 or 94 series without a valve
As they are far higher rated against Covid

Winking Face Lol, unless you intend to leave it on continually, and use a straw for drinking

BTW … WHERE did you hear that an airline banned them
That makes no sense to me.
Here's the Delta airlines link:
https://www.delta.com/us/en/travel-plan ... face-masks
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Raggie wrote: Here's the Delta airlines link:
https://www.delta.com/us/en/travel-plan ... face-masks
Thanks for that.

Well looks like the one you want isn’t allowed on Delta
Or Air Canada either :

Link from Pearson with Transport Canada Guidelines = https://www.torontopearson.com/en/whats ... egulations
Effective masks and face coverings are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Information about the measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 is constantly evolving, including about what the most effective type of face coverings are.

In September, Transport Canada advised aircraft operators to prohibit the use of a number of types of face coverings, based on evidence of their ineffectiveness.

The face coverings that Transport Canada regulations do not allow includes:

* Masks with exhalation valves, also known as “vented masks”;
* Bandanas and neck gaiters;
* Militaristic masks such as gas masks; and
* Face coverings that cover the entire face.

Acceptable face masks are those that cover the nose and mouth and are properly secured to the head, which include but are not limited to disposable face masks; and reusable cloth face masks (including homemade masks) provided that it is made of a least two tightly woven layers of fabric, covers the nose and mouth and can be secured to a person’s head.

Passengers are reminded that a clear face shield is not sufficient as a face covering if worn on its own. Clear face shields must be combined with face covering that covers the nose and mouth.
Lol, got to say that by contrast … Delta has one weird list of ACCEPTABLE MASKING CHOICES :
Permitted Masks

* Disposable surgical or medical masks
* Cloth masks with tightly woven fabric (2 or 3 ply masks are recommended)
* Valve-free respirator masks (N95 or KN95)
* Fabric masks with a clear plastic window
* Gaiters with two layers (single layer gaiters should be doubled over)
* Plastic face shields or goggles may be worn in addition to a mask but are not approved mask replacements
Ya I will stick with Cdn Guidelines on Covid …thank you very much
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Raggie wrote: I have the 3M N95 8511 mask with valve I want to wear on our very long AC flight. Wondering if they're permitted on aircraft. I read some airlines banned these type of masks.
No, because it has an exhaust valve that allows your unfiltered breath to be exhaled into the cabin. It protects you but not others.
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Just double up with a surgical mask ontop
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PointsHubby wrote: Thanks for that.

Well looks like the one you want isn’t allowed on Delta
Or Air Canada either :

Link from Pearson with Transport Canada Guidelines = https://www.torontopearson.com/en/whats ... egulations

Lol, got say that by contrast … Delta has one weird list of ACCEPTABLE MASKING CHOICES :


Ya I will stick with Cdn Guidelines on Covid …thank you very much
Thanks for the Pearson info, didn't think to look there.
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The valve defeats the purpose of the mask
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Rfdinyyc wrote: The valve defeats the purpose of the mask
These masks were made long before Covid. They are for working in areas where the mask wearer wants protection from particulates. Exhaust doesn't matter in that instance and it's much cooler for the wearer.
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They're not allowed. The FA will stop you and ask you to put another one on (or provide you with a disposable one).
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B0000rt wrote: Just double up with a surgical mask ontop
Yup if you do this you're fine. Been flying flights with it since I have a box unused.
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Funny thing is airlines are handing out kits with masks and sanitizers etc but they hand it after the flight has already taken off. Why don't they give it out when you are going thru the gate where they check ID and scan boarding pass instead? So stupid as it's more work for flight attendants to walk the aisles and hand it out.
We're all bozos on the bus until we find a way to express ourselves...

Failure is always an option...just not the preferred one!
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gr8dlr wrote: Funny thing is airlines are handing out kits with masks and sanitizers etc but they hand it after the flight has already taken off. Why don't they give it out when you are going thru the gate where they check ID and scan boarding pass instead? So stupid as it's more work for flight attendants to walk the aisles and hand it out.
I've only traveled 3 times since the pandemic started but every time they handed the "COVID amenity kit"when you board the plane (I've flown with AC and Delta). Depending on the airline that can be a full-on pack or just a mask + sanitizer wipes.
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Need good ones for our flight so I ended up ordering some N95 masks that look like KF94 made in Canada.
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I bet this pandemic wouldn't have spread nearly as much if people focused on protecting themselves more and not others. Sounds self centered but our minds are wired like that. Of course we didn't have enough masks to make that work initially but later they didn't even focus on that. I cannot imagine being a vulnerable older person and going out without a mask that really protected me. I wouldn't jump out of plane with a parachute that opened 95% of the time. Why would I wear a mask that offers similar protection? Know the size of the virus and buy the right filter for your half faced respirator to stop it. Be sure. And wear eye protection. Don't take chances. Its only for when you're inside anyway. That doesn't have to be long if you're not working. Zip in, zip out. A few minutes. No big deal. Sure people will look at you strangely. Who cares? They might die. You won't.

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