In the wake of the tragic shootings in Orlando, President Obama has called for a ban on air travel face masks, in order to prevent another attack. In a press conference the next day, the president stated that “This is a moment of crisis in which we need to be able to do more in a rational way,” and in a joint press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, the president said “we have to have a conversation in a serious way about how we can ensure that people around the country don’t have to walk through a terminal in a full body bag.”
Passengers who fly on commercial airlines now have to have a face mask on at all times. These face masks must have a breathing filter that is certified as being able to release 95% of the particulate matter that is released into the air on a daily basis by a fleet of machines that run 24 hours a day. The problem is that these filters are not perfect, and the airlines have been trying to pressure the Environmental Protection Agency to change the requirements to make them less stringent. In this case, the airlines want to make the air travel mask rule permanent, but the EPA wants to make the rule permanent but change it to make it less stringent.
Air travel during the swine flu pandemic scared the daylights out of everyone, and rightfully so. The H1N1 virus was airborne and airborne viruses can easily cause a pandemic that results in a global lockdown of all passengers. Now that the flu pandemic has died down, it looks like things are going to stay that way for a while.
Will President Biden make the mandate to wear a mask when flying permanent?
on August 17, 2021 by Gary Leff
By mid- to late-July, airline CEOs had called for the federal transportation mask requirement to be repealed. Since vaccinations were readily accessible, individuals could choose to protect themselves by being vaccinated or not getting vaccinated — there was no compelling reason to force people to protect the unprotected from their own bad decisions.
However, I anticipated that the mask requirement will be extended beyond September 13 by the end of July. The CDC was advising interior masks for people who had been vaccinated once again, and interstate transportation is the area where the federal government has the most regulatory power (although their legal ability to mandate masks under 42 USC 264(a) is debatable).
Covid-19 should be manageable when it becomes endemic, because to vaccines and better therapies (data on fluvoxamine was released this week, while ivermectin showed “no substantial impact”).
President Biden’s former White House Senior Advisor on COVID Response, however, believes that a federal transportation requirement should become permanent in the event of an endemic Covid-19 future:
These are the things we should put up with:
-Masks when we travel & in heavy seasons -Staying home when we’re sick— always -Weather reports as there on for smog or allergy seasons -Periodic outbreaks -Caution around key populations -Showing we are vaccinated/tested 20/
August 14, 2021 — Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt)
My personal guess is that, although this concept may be popular in certain policy circles, it will not be adopted by the Biden administration, for the same reason he has called on OPEC to increase oil output, despite the fact that doing so would contradict his own environmental policy objectives. Biden wants to call the epidemic a success. He also doesn’t want the political ramifications of making the condition permanent.
In the end, this is a political choice, not a scientific one. The US mask requirement does not, like Lufthansa and Finnair, demand high-quality masks that may have a significant impact on viral transmission. While cases are still high (even if they are decreasing by September 13), lifting the requirement seems to be “weak on coronovirus.” Imposing the mandate as the midterm elections in 2022 approach develops a narrative about “what type of normal” the future should be and turns it into an electoral issue.
That’s why I’ve declared that the mask mandate would be removed before the mid-term elections in 2022. Control of the Senate is now a 50-50 toss-up in betting markets, with the House going to Republicans.
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