April 21, 2022
Monday’s announcement to lift the federal mask mandate for airline travelers received mixed reactions from the public. Check out this article summarizing passengers feelings on the subject.
ThePointsGuy ~ “Monday’s sudden announcement that the federal mask mandate aboard airlines had been lifted caught many by surprise.
Once the initial surprise faded, the change was greeted by both the traveling public and the airline industry with a mixed reaction of both cheers and fears.
The cheers, of course, came from those who, for a variety of reasons, were (more than) ready to leave masks behind.
Fears were expressed by those concerned that it’s still too early to remove the mandate, given COVID-19’s stubborn persistence and the lack of vaccines for children under 5 years of age.
Here’s what a sampling of passengers, medical professionals and airline staff members are saying about this new world of mask-optional flying.
From the flight deck, a captain at a major U.S. airline shared his viewpoint of the policy change with The Points Guy: ‘While I wish that the end of the mask mandate on board aircraft and at our airports had been a bit better coordinated instead of the seemingly hastily cobbled together messaging to hundreds of thousands of airline employees, I’m glad that the traveling public now has the choice to mask or not while flying with us just as they do everywhere else in the United States today.’
A flight attendant for a major U.S. carrier told The Points Guy he’s also relieved at the removal of the mask mandate, saying, ‘Flight attendants not only experienced this pandemic uniquely but we were forced to endure it for hours on end during flights and juggle the politics of who we had to police to comply … It’s been traumatic.’
He added that no longer having to be responsible for enforcing mask-wearing was a huge relief to him and his co-workers. ~ ThePointsGuy.
For more information on the lift mandate for online travel, click the link below:
Editor’s Note: This does not apply to anyone traveling via DoD Aircraft, to include the Patriot Express (PE).
AMC Travel Site ~ “20 Apr 2022 (regarding Federal Judge decision on mask wear) **Info on Mask Wear in AMC Terminals & on DoD Aircraft to Include the Patriot Express (PE) – All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask on DoD transportation assets (e.g. planes, water transport, buses, trains, taxis, and ride-shares) traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and indoor DoD transportation hubs.** Remains in effect until we receive updated policy from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.” ~ AMC Travel Site