(UnitedVoice.com) – Airline bosses have written to President Biden in protest at continued mask mandates. The White House has slowly backed away from enforced masking, but air passengers have been left behind. Now, airlines want their freedom back.
Airlines tell Joe Biden to lift 'outdated' mask and testing mandateshttps://t.co/pVTVEyeUgL
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On March 23, the CEOs of most major US airlines, including Delta, United, Southwest and American Airlines, called on Biden to end federal mask mandates for airline passengers. Saying that compulsory masks are “no longer aligned with… the current epidemiological environment,” they pointed out that all 50 state governments have either scrapped mask mandates or announced they’re planning to.
For states, it’s time for mandates to go because the data says that if they were ever needed, they aren’t now. Airlines agree with that, but for them, there’s an extra urgency. Biden can impose a federal mandate, but it’s airline staff that have to enforce it – and they’re meeting increasing opposition from frustrated passengers. Data from the Federal Aviation Administration shows that inflight “unruly passenger” incidents increased sharply last year, and out of 961 incidents, 635 of them were related to masks. Airlines are fed up carrying the burden of the administration’s restrictive policies, and now they want things to change.
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