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Most Americans say it’s ‘time to end’ mask mandates on airlines

Most Americans think it’s time to end mask mandates on airlines, finds a poll by Scott Rasmussen, detailed by America First Policy Institute.

On Wednesday, federal officials announced a further extension of the federal mask mandate, requiring Americans to wear masks on planes, trains, buses and other modes of public transportation for another two weeks. The term was set to expire on April 18, but many had doubts, as Biden’s White House continued to extend the mask’s term time and time again throughout his presidency — another reminder the president failed to deliver. maintain its speech of “just” 100 days of masking.

However, Americans are overmasking, especially on airlines. According to the survey, 53% of voters nationwide say it’s time to end mask mandates on airlines, while 40% oppose it. Additionally, nearly three-quarters of those who “fly regularly,” 72%, want the mask mandate gone.

The survey, conducted among 1,200 registered voters from March 17-19, 2022, has a margin of error of +/- 2.8%.

It’s not just the general public who feels this. For weeks, airline officials have made it clear that mask mandates are outdated and unfair.

“It makes no sense that people are still required to wear masks on planes, but are allowed to congregate in crowded restaurants, schools and at sporting events without masks, although no of those places doesn’t have the air filtration protection system that airplanes do,” a March letter from the board of directors of Airlines for America (A4A), addressed to the Biden White House, said.

Airline executives have also made it clear that the mandate places an undue burden on employees, who are now tasked with enforcement.

“It’s not a job they’re trained for and puts them through the daily challenges of frustrated customers. This in turn impacts their own well-being,” they continued, noting that ending the term would benefit everyone, including “thousands of airline workers tasked with enforcing a patchwork of now obsolete regulations implemented in response to COVID-19. ”

Signatories included American Airlines President and CEO W. Douglas Parker, Alaska Air Group CEO Ben Minicucci, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian, Chairman and CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide, John W. Dietrich, President and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, Peter R. Ingram, FedEx Express EVP. and CEO Scot Struminger, CEO of JetBlue Airways Robin Hayes, President of Southwest Airlines Gary C. Kelly, President of UPS Airlines Brendan Canavan, CEO of United Airlines Holdings Scott Kirby, and President and CEO of Airlines for America Nicholas E. Calio.

Yet that plea obviously had no impact on the Biden administration’s decision, as officials continue to extend the term and use “science” as an excuse.


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