Will Sliney is an Irish comics artist, well known for his comic book work for Marvel on Spider-Man, X-Factor and Defenders as well as his graphic novel Celtic Warrior: The Legend of Cú Chulainn. he has been commissioned by easyJet to design face masks for young children who may be flying this summer when flights begin to resume. The 'Lion' and 'Pilot' face mask covers (the latter of which really looks like Starlord) will be made available for free to children on selected routes over the summer.
This initiative follows an announcement by easyJet that a small number of flights will restart from 15th June, with more to be restored by July. The airline states they are introducing a range of new measures to help ensure safety and wellbeing including the requirement for customers and crew to wear masks and enhanced aircraft cleaning and disinfection.
New health and safety measures in place for all passengers, including children over six, insist that they wear their own protective face masks whilst onboard at all times. The new comic book-style face mask covers have been designed to help ease the experience for both kids and parents. The face mask covers don't replace the need for a mask to be worn but have been designed as a covering to be worn over the top of a younger traveller's own face mask. They can be taken home to keep and are washable for re-use. Thousands of face mask covers are being produced as part of a limited edition run and will be available on selected routes across Europe.
Captain David Morgan, easyJet's Director of Flight Operations commented "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 safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority which is why, as well as requiring customers and crew to wear masks, we are implementing a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from aircraft disinfection to initially serving no food onboard. These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard in June."
Will Sliney said "Flying with face masks is going to 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. As a parent myself I know how tricky travelling can be, so I hope these fun face masks covers can help make things easier for parents too."
The airline has confirmed that some flights will initially resume from the 15 June including from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast in the UK.