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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