As air travel ramps up just a week before the Christmas holiday, panic is setting in amongst the mask police after the CEOs of two top airlines in the United States testified during a Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing Wednesday that they didn’t think masks added much in the way of protection against COVID-19 on flights.
We reported yesterday on how during the oversight hearing, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly and American Airlines CEO Doug Parker both suggested that high-quality air filters they use were highly effective in combatting possible coronavirus outbreaks on flights:
“I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin environment. It is very safe and very high quality compared to any other indoor setting,” said Kelly.
Both Kelly and Parker, who each have announced plans to retire as CEOs in the coming months, mentioned that high-grade HEPA air filters on planes capture virtually all airborne contamination and air quality is helped by how frequently cabin air is exchanged with fresh air from outside the cabin.
“I concur. An aircraft is the safest place you can be,” said Parker. “It’s true of all of our aircraft — they all have the same HEPA filters and air flow.”
Because some Democratic Senators on the committee were “outraged” over the comments made by Parker and Kelly (looking at you, Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey), American Airlines later clarified that Parker wasn’t actually agreeing with any suggestion to end mask mandates for domestic travel.
This morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, co-host Joe Scarborough and reporter Katty Kay were talking about the story when Kay noted she would “never” get on any plane that didn’t require flight staff and passengers to be masked. Scarborough appeared to agree:
MSNBC’s @KattyKay_ on airline CEOs noting masks prove no benefit against Covid: “I’m just not sure I would be at all comfortable” if someone’s unmasked on a flight; “I’m never getting on one of those planes” @JoeNBC, agreeing: “That seems a little crazy” pic.twitter.com/j7CV7EXmDc
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 17, 2021
So what does Ms. Kay do when people take off their masks to eat and drink? wondered New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz, who recently announced she was moving out of New York due to their own draconian requirements on masks and vaccines:
What about when we all take off our masks to eat and drink? Is she hiding under her seat at that point? Or does COVID know it's ok to unmask then? https://t.co/ujOrJS06tz
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) December 17, 2021
Unwittingly, Ms. Kay stumbled upon the ideal solution for those concerned about maskless air travel here at the holidays:
That said, as it stands now, mask hypocrite Joe Biden’s dictatorial mandates in part require that passengers and flight crews be masked up during flights, so I doubt Kay and others with similar concerns are going to have much to worry about. But eventually either the mandate is going to be stopped or some airlines are going to rebel because they’re going to get sick of having to police people (and employees) on masks and all the uncomfortable confrontational situations (not to mention lawsuits) that go with it.
What will Kay and others like her who have become obsessed with masking and policing others on masks do then? They’ll need to either find an airline that still requires them or stay home. Either that or learn to stop being Karens and move on as best they can. Because the masking thing can’t be a forever thing.