Sadiq Khan squirms as furious Londoner attacks Mayor over capital’s transport chaos

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The Mayor of London blamed the Government’s “mixed messaging” as to why face coverings are not being enforced on public transport. Mr Khan claimed “people are confused”. London resident, Penny, asked: “I’ve just returned from ten days in Greece and 100 percent compliance on mask-wearing on transport. Why are we so poor at enforcing it here in London? I’ve been travelling to work, I see so many. Nobody is enforcing it and I see no evidence of fines.”

Speaking to BBC Radio London, Mr Khan said: “The short answer is in our country, our city, we’re had mixed messaging and confused communication.

“Anyone will remember this.

“I was lobbying the Government to bring in compulsory face masks, they said no.”

He added: “People are confused about the benefits of wearing a face mask so we have to get the message across.”

Her comments come as British Airways passengers will be tested for coronavirus in a bid to prove the UK’s quarantine policy should be scrapped.

The airline announced it will trial a voluntary testing regime in partnership with American Airlines which will involve hundreds of travellers on selected routes from the US to Heathrow.

Passengers will be tested 72 hours before departure, as well as on arrival at the west London airport, and three days later.

British Airways said it will share the results of the project with the UK and US governments.

It hopes the data will demonstrate that a single test 72 hours before a flight is “robust” enough to replace the requirement for international travellers arriving in the UK to self-isolate for 14 days.

Passengers who take part in the pilot will still be required to follow existing quarantine rules, even if they receive negative results for all three tests.

The pilot begins on November 25 for flights from New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.

Other carriers may join the scheme in the coming weeks.


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Customers who test positive for the virus will be able to reschedule their travel free of charge.

British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle said there have been “very minimal reports” of transmission of coronavirus on commercial flights, and insisted that air travel is “safe”.

He claimed the UK is being “left behind” as countries such as Germany adopt testing to replace quarantine requirements.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps launched a taskforce last month to develop methods of reducing the 14-day self-isolation period with a “test and release regime” which would still involve a self-isolation period of at least a week.

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