“It makes no sense that people are still required to wear masks on airplanes, yet are allowed to congregate in crowded restaurants, schools and at sporting events without masks, despite none of these venues having the protective air-filtration system that aircraft do,” read a letter from the chief executive officers of American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue and others.
Biden’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently extended the federal requirement for the use of masks on mass public transportation, due to expire on March 18, to April 18. But as has been pointed out, the method of virus transmission has not changed since the beginning of the pandemic. Most of the Democrat-initiated mask mandates have been lifted, although in a few school districts across the country, children are still required to wear masks at school.
“Now is the time for the Administration to sunset federal transportation travel restrictions–including the international pre-departure testing requirement and the federal mask mandate–that are no longer aligned with the realities of the current epidemiological environment,” the letter stated. “Lifting the mask mandate in airports and onboard aircraft can be done safely as England has done.”
Delta Air Lines issued their own statement, noting that the cabins of Delta Air Lines planes have “highly filtered air from hospital-grade HEPA filters, plus the regular cleaning and sanitization of high-touch surfaces inside the airline cabin and the airport.”
The demand to lift the rules comes as airlines specifically required passengers to put on masks in between meals and sips of alcohol, Breitbart News reported. In spite of a Harvard study published in the Washington Post in 2020 that suggests that “flying can be safer than eating at a restaurant during the pandemic” due to “onboard systems that constantly circulate and refresh air,” airlines are now making in-flight announcements to inform passengers to put on masks in between taking a drink and eating.
Recently, the Senate approved a resolution to repeal the federal administration’s mask mandates on public transportation, which were not enacted by Congress. However, Biden opposed the measure.