During a recent Senate hearing on the financial support airlines received during the pandemic, the CEOs of Southwest and American Airlines admitted what we all already knew: masks are not necessary on planes.
Republican Senator Roger Wicker asked the group of CEOs for their thoughts on the federal government’s mask mandate for all air travel. Southwest CEO Gary Kelly stated the following:
“I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add very much, if anything, in the air cabin environment… It is very safe and very high quality compared to any other indoor setting.”
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker agreed and stated:
“I concur. An aircraft is the safest place you can be… It’s true of all of our aircraft- they all have the same HEPA filters and airflow.”
Air travel has been one of the most restricted activities since the start of the pandemic, which makes it surprising that airline CEOs are now speaking out against the federal mask mandate for flyers.
The reason Kelly and Parker dare to speak out now may be because both are set to retire in the next few months. During the Senate hearing, both CEOs explained that high-grade HEPA air filters get rid of virtually all contaminants in the air, making the cabin air as fresh as the outdoors.
Unfortunately, Doug Parker must have been scolded by other members of American Airlines as he has since walked back his statement. American Airlines recently explained that Parker only agreed with the Southwest CEO’s point on cabin air quality and did not provide an opinion on mask requirements.
However, this makes no sense. How could Parker provide evidence contrary to the claim that masks are unnecessary on planes but still support a mask mandate?
Of course, Democrats in attendance at the senate hearing were astounded that American Airlines and Southwest CEOs would break from the leftist doctrine on the necessity of mask-wearing. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) said:
“I’m shocked that some of the CEOs here today have suggested we no longer need masks mandates on planes… In the face of Omicron, children under five who still cannot be vaccinated….and that we still allow unvaccinated people on planes.”
Markey’s statement was utterly asinine. His argument for why masks are still necessary is only backed by the rise of the Omicron variant, the fact that children under five cannot be vaccinated, and unvaccinated people are allowed on planes. Each of these arguments is illegitimate and only made by politicians who want more control over your lives.
Let’s debunk Markey’s claim piece by piece. First, children under five should not be vaccinated. While this virus impacts the elderly more severely, children have been left basically unscathed throughout the entire pandemic. Most parents are rightly more concerned with the possible adverse side effects of the vaccine than what the virus could do to their children.
Markey’s other argument is that masks are still necessary due to the rise of the Omicron variant. The Omicron variant has been shown to spread more quickly but is significantly less deadly than other strains of the virus.
Over time, most viruses naturally become less deadly as they mutate. Despite this known fact, Democrats would rather incite fear in the American people to foster a forever pandemic mentality that will allow them to control more aspects of our lives.
Markey’s last point that masks are still necessary because the unvaccinated are allowed on planes is the most despicable. Markey is suggesting to the airline CEOs that the unvaccinated are a danger to the vaccinated and should not be allowed to fly.
If the vaccine works, the vaccinated should be completely fine regardless of whether or not their fellow passengers are vaccinated. Markey’s true desire is to ban all unvaccinated people from flying, thereby creating a caste system in the United States where the vaccinated are granted more privileges for complying with government mandates.
Even if American Airlines CEO walked back his statement against mask mandates for flyers, the cat is out of the bag. With the CEOs of two major airlines highlighting how safe air travel is for all passengers, the leftist opposition will struggle to manufacture an alternative propagandistic reality.
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