Most Americans say it’s “time to end airline mask requirements.”


Most Americans believe it’s time to end airline mask requirements, a poll by Scott Rasmussen detailed by the America First Policy Institute shows.

On Wednesday, federal officials announced another extension of the federal mask mandate, forcing Americans to wear masks on planes, trains, buses and other public transportation for an additional two weeks. The mandate was set to expire on April 18, but many had their doubts as the Biden White House has consistently renewed the mask mandate throughout his presidency – another reminder that the president couldn’t keep his pitch up “just” 100 days masking.

However, Americans mask themselves too much, especially with airlines. According to the poll, 53 percent of nationwide voters say it’s time to end airline mask requirements, while 40 percent oppose it. In addition, almost three quarters of those who “fly regularly”, 72 percent, want the mask requirement to be abolished.

The poll, conducted March 17-19, 2022 among 1,200 registered voters, has an error rate of +/- 2.8 percent.

Not only does the general public feel that way. For weeks, airline executives have been making it clear that mask requirements are outdated and unfair.

“It makes no sense that people on airplanes are still required to wear masks but are allowed to gather without masks in crowded restaurants, schools and at sporting events, even though none of these venues have the protective air filtration system that airplanes have,” a March letter from the Airlines for America (A4A) board of directors addressed to Biden White House, it said.

The airline leaders also made it clear that the mandate places an undue burden on the staff who are now tasked with enforcing it.

“They are not trained for this role and are challenged daily by frustrated customers. This, in turn, affects their own well-being,” they continued, noting that the end of the mandate would benefit everyone, including “thousands of airline workers tasked with enforcing a patchwork of now-obsolete regulations created in response to COVID -19 were introduced. ”

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

That request, however, apparently did not affect the Biden administration’s decision, as officials continue to extend the mandate and use “science” as an excuse. Most Americans say it’s “time to end airline mask requirements.”

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