Masks are no longer compulsory on airplanes any sense long ago; let’s hope Airline CEOs have reached the right height Wednesday when he called on President Joe Biden to end politics.
The chiefs of American, Delta, United Airlines and several others wrote, “Now is the time for the government to lift travel restrictions on federal travel.” Amen.
The federal mask mandate for public transit expires April 18 after Team Biden extended it by another 30 days last month – for no good reason. Transmission of COVID has always been tiny on commercial aircraft, whose ventilation systems mix outside air with air recycled through HEPA filters and limit airflow between rows.
This became clear in October 2020, when an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association stated: “The risk of contracting COVID-19 from air travel is low. Despite a significant number of travelers, the number of suspected and confirmed cases of in-flight transmission of COVID-19 between passengers around the world appears to be low.”
The mandate only gets passengers into pointless fights with flight attendants. Enough.
The Senate has already voted 57-40 to scrap the mandate for all public transit; Several House Democrats, including New York’s Sean Patrick Maloney, also want to get rid of it.
If Team Biden doesn’t budge, Nancy Pelosi should let the House of Representatives pass the Senate bill. It will be the most popular thing she ever does.
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