When I crossed the Spanish-Gibraltarian border, the British officer was wearing a mask that seems like a replica of the mask worn by Hannibal Lecter in the movie Silence of the Lambs. It looked weird and in a way also funny. Unfortunately, there was no opportunity to take a picture.

Why are they wearing masks? @hippietrail provided me with a picture. I am refering to this mask. enter image description here


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The mask shown in the picture is an anti-pollution mask (See Amazon).

Furthermore, the city with the worst air pollution in Spain is La Linea de la Concepción as of 2014 (Respro Bulletin Board, and also confirmed on the WHO website (downloadable Excel document)).

La Linea de la Conepción is the city on the Spanish side of the Spanish-Gibraltarian border.

Therefore, I think it is safe to assume that the police officers were wearing the masks for personal protection against the bad air-pollution in the area.

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    I agree, considering the lengthy queues at the Spanish border getting out of Gibraltar, with five lanes of cars completely static but with the engine being kept running for the air conditioning.
    – JoErNanO
    Nov 3, 2014 at 13:35

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