The CEOs of 11 airlines have penned a letter to the President requesting that he quash all federal travel restrictions including mask mandates.
They explained that, “much has changed since these measures were imposed and they no longer make sense in the current public health context.”
The letter was signed by the CEOs of Alaska Air, Atlas Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, FedEx Express, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, UPS Airlines, and Airlines for America.Airline CEO Letter to Biden
The letter states in part:
“Now is the time for the Administration to sunset federal transportation travel restrictions – including the international predeparture testing requirement and the federal mask mandate – that are no longer aligned with the realities of the current epidemiological environment.”
They pointed to the fact that the CDC “science clearly supports lifting the mask mandate” as 99% of the American population has no need to wear a mask indoors.
The letter explains that cabin air within an airplane is significantly higher quality than other places people congregate in crowds. Yet airlines are still required to enforce mask mandates.
The CEOs put into formal writing what conservatives have been saying for two years:
“It makes no sense that people are still required to wear masks on airplanes, yet are allowed to congregate in crowded restaurants, schools and at sporting events without masks, despite none of these venues having the protective air filtration system that aircraft do.”
Federal mask mandates are set to expire on April 18 but the airlines are requesting an immediate expiry. FAA data reveals that there have already been 961 reports of unruly passengers — 635 of those were mask-related.
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