Sunday, September 25, 2022
66.3 F
Oxnard
More

    Latest Posts

    Setting Brushfires of Freedom by Don Jans
    America on the Precipice Documentary

    Two Airline CEOs Challenge Mask Mandates On Planes

    daily caller oil prices rise petroleum reserve

    Laurel Duggan

    Mask mandates do little, if anything, to make the air safer inside airplanes, two major airline CEOs argued before Congress Wednesday.

    “I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin environment,” Gary Kelly, chief executive of Southwest Airlines, told lawmakers. Being inside a plane “is very safe and very high quality compared to any other indoor setting,” Kelly said. The air filters on planes turn over clean air every three minutes, eliminating nearly all airborne pathogens, he explained.

    Doug Parker, chief executive of American Airlines, said that “the aircraft is the safest place you can be.” He argued that the mask mandates create extra work for airline employees and tension between staff and passengers, citing emotional exchanges over COVID-19 protocols.

    Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey pushed back against the executives’ claims, saying that the omicron variant, unvaccinated children under five and the fact that “we still allow unvaccinated on airplanes to fly in our country” justify the mask mandate remaining in place. It is unfair to require vaccinated people to sit next to unmasked, unvaccinated people on planes, according to Markey.

    The Congressional hearing was intended as an opportunity to examine how federal funding during the pandemic impacted the commercial airline sector in light of widespread disruptions to air travel.


    Get Citizensjournal.us Headlines free  SUBSCRIPTION. Keep us publishing – DONATE

    - Advertisement -
    0 0 votes
    Article Rating
    Subscribe
    Notify of
    guest

    0 Comments
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments

    Latest Posts

    advertisement

    Don't Miss

    Subscribe

    To receive the news in your inbox

    0
    Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
    ()
    x