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Airline CEOs: End the Plane and Airport Mask Mandates Now

Airline CEOs: End the Plane and Airport Mask Mandates Now

The Biden administration extended the mask mandate until April 18 as all 50 states started dropping their mandates.

Airline CEOs demanded the Biden administration end the federal mandate forcing people to wear masks at airports and on planes and requiring negative tests for people coming to America.

The CEOs include those from Alaska Air, Atlas Air, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, FedEx Express, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, UPS Airlines, and Airlines for America.

“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,” they wrote.

This is why you do not give the government an inch! They will go 5,000 miles! The administration extended the mask mandate until April 18.

From The Wall Street Journal:

One source of frustration for airlines has been the strain on flight attendants and other employees who are tasked with making sure passengers are wearing their masks. The Federal Aviation Administration has logged a surge in reports of bad passenger behavior over the past year, with many incidents related to people refusing to wear masks.

“This is not a function they are trained to perform and subjects them to daily challenges by frustrated customers. This in turn takes a toll on their own well-being,” the executives wrote.

The CEOs also want to end the need for a negative test to come to America:

The predeparture test requirement, imposed to slow the introduction of variants into the U.S., has outlived its utility and stymies the return of international travel. The United Kingdom (UK), the European Union and Canada have recognized this reality and lifted travel restrictions. The U.S. inconsistency with these practices creates a competitive disadvantage for U.S. travel and tourism by placing an additional cost and burden on travel to the U.S. Further, many outbound travelers are not willing to risk being stranded overseas.


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Simple solution: ignore the mandates. Get everyone on board, declare it and then do it.

    Think38 in reply to Pasadena Phil. | March 26, 2022 at 3:25 pm

    Like it or not, airlines are a regulated industry, and an airline that ignores FAA orders creates a vulnerability on everything else the airline does.

Cowards are too terrified to stand up and do it themselves, so they’re begging Daddy Government to make the decision for them.

    MattMusson in reply to Olinser. | March 25, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    They need to be telling Washington to start encouraging America to drill for oil. Masks won’t keep airplanes from flying. But a lack fuel will ground them.

    Think38 in reply to Olinser. | March 26, 2022 at 3:26 pm

    Daddy Government made this decision for them. This is Daddy Government’s rule, and Daddy Government needs to remove it. Once that happens, then the airlines get to decide whether or not to require masks.

    Previously, they didn’t protest because they liked the mask mandate. Now that it is inconvenient for them, now they are asking to have the rule removed.

chrisboltssr | March 25, 2022 at 1:27 pm

Yeah, you fools should have stood against all this nonsense the minute it was suggested. Now, while you’re asking for this idiot in the White House to end the mandate ask that fool to start drilling in every state to help being down ticket pricing.

It is important to also pay attention to which airlines did NOT join this demand.

    MTED in reply to Exiliado. | March 25, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Feeders: Republic, SkyWest, Mesa, etc.
    Startups: Avelo, Breeze, etc.
    Those looking for DOJ merger approval: Frontier, Spirit
    Other carriers to be avoided: Allegiant, etc.

I flew domestically a couple of months ago, relatively short flight, and didn’t wear a mask over my face the whole trip. I sipped diet soda and nibbled crackers the whole trip.

Antifundamentalist | March 25, 2022 at 3:15 pm

Here’s what you do, the airlines all together, need to hire special security teams for every flight whose sole job is mask mandate enforcement. Then you add a $75 mask mandate enforcement Fee to every ticket. Explain in an ad campaigns that the fees will go away as soon as The Biden Administration ends mask mandates. I bet those mandates will go away before the first commercial hits the airwaves.

And it is not at all clear the CDC has any authority whatsoever to mandate masks on transportation or any other activity. No such police powers are provided for in the statute. And as a quasi-private enterprise, such may not even be constitutionally proper.

    henrybowman in reply to puhiawa. | March 25, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    My local barefoot constitutionalist maintains that the constitution authorizes zero police powers for the federal government at all. Even in the cases of defined federal crimes such as counterfeiting, it delegates enforcement power solely to “the militia.”

    “The Congress shall have Power … To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions…”

My last long trip was 11 hours in a mask. I got sick from the masking, not covid. This is insanity.

A slight nitpick: It’s Delta Air Lines, not Delta Airlines.

“The CEOs also want to end the need for a negative test to come to America:”

    henrybowman in reply to paracelsus. | March 25, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    And why not, since the officially-incited situation at the Mexican border is proof positive that it’s all kabuki theatre.

Been flying Southwest lately. Some of their flight attendants are Gestapo-like in their enforcement of mask wearing. It’s become unpleasant.

    Colonel Travis in reply to B Buchanan. | March 25, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Yes, I haven’t flown this year yet but half a dozen times last year and they were terrible. Flying at night makes it easy to not wear a mask. In the airports themselves I never wore them except in the tsa line.

    There was a small airport in Colorado where they didn’t care, even the employees it was terrific.

    randian in reply to B Buchanan. | March 25, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    I bet the Southwest flight attendants enforce masks even if the feds drop their mandate.

      AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to randian. | March 25, 2022 at 10:28 pm

      Southwest once was the most friendly airline out there. Now they are staffed with a bunch of crazy-ass lunatics.

With proper circulation, there is no cause for personal protection, let alone devices with 50% effectiveness in the best case, and progressive performance with time, place, and behavior.

The mask mandate was always stupid, as cloth masks were already known to be ineffective at stopping the spread of respiratory viruses via a meta-study from 2020. Fourteen studies collected and analyzed show a negligible effect at best for non-pharmaceutical measures in non-healthcare settings. If the government was truly following the science, this mandate would have been gone in May 2020.

I believe they are keeping this in place for a very specific reason. If they drop ALL of the mandates, they could face a very stiff resistance to re-implementing them. Plus, they spent the better part of two years on a psyop promoting fear, panic and paranoia against the lowest IQ portion of the population, Biden voters. They can’t figure out how to turn off the giant torrent of stupid they let loose.

    randian in reply to Ironclaw. | March 25, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    You can humorously watch Jacinda Ardern just the other day explaining how great and necessary masks are. There’s something seriously wrong with the water in our southern hemisphere.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Ironclaw. | March 25, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    How can we tell who the 80 million “Biden Voters” are? I don’t believe 80 million people voted for him.

    I can tell most of the true “Biden Supporters.”

    They are the bunch who have their heads so far up their ass, the sky is tinted brown when they look through their eyes.

    They are the bunch who regularly shop at Wegman’s so they can get their “meatless” meat.

I bet the CDC doesn’t drop its recommendations for masks even if they’re no longer required, and that’s all the Federal agencies will need to keep on requiring masks. FAA says “CDC says” and nope, you’ll still have to wear a mask.

Rather annoying that nobody is publicly asking for masks to be dropped in hospitals and doctor’s offices, where they are equally worthless.

“…strain on flight attendants and other employees who are tasked with making sure passengers are wearing their masks.”

Strain??? They love it the power it gives them.
No other industry would dare treat customers that way. It’s always for the “safety of passengers and the crew.”

Squeeze ‘em. Make the mandate infinite