It really goes beyond the issue of masks and goes to human decency: is your life so pathetic that you have to lie about being unable to wear a mask and in doing so, create an environment of discomfort for your fellow passengers? Is being a little extra cautious during a time of a public health emergency an act of surrender tantamount to laying down your arms or being denied the right to vote?
Another Mask Incident On American Airlines
I actually hate that I have to bring this up again, as if the hundreds of comments last week did not beat the horse to death. This isn’t the forum to debate about whether masks work. It is also not the forum to debate the 2020 U.S. Presidential election. I’m so over it and we’re still 100 days away…
But you see, there was an incident on American Airlines over the weekend we need to discuss. Some guy refused to put on a mask, claiming a medical exemption. When asked to elaborate, he refused, saying it violated his right to privacy. The captain ended up giving anyone who was uncomfortable the right to exit the aircraft. No one did. The flight took off. He and his wife remained onboard. You can watch his selectively-edited video below:
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If you have a medical reason, you do not have to comply. There are lots of conditions on the list. Know your rights! Know the truth! And please know, unless you’re wearing an N95 mask, any cloth covering or ear loop will not stop you from getting it! #know #the #truth #stand #up #for #your #rights
Ok, I’ll get political here. The folks who would otherwise say “businesses should have the right to refuse service to anyone” are suddenly whistling for regulation when it comes to this. That violates my HIPAA rights! That violates my ADA rights! (No and no…) They’re all for privacy…when it suits them.
I am becoming increasingly irritated by the topic because we are pathetic basket case to the world here in the good old USA. It’s not about Trump, as if one man can be responsible for the problem. It’s about our selfish refusal to look a problem in the eye, learn from our neighbors, and take steps to eliminate it.
How did much of the developed world tame the pandemic? They used the strange moment in time in which we live to embrace the common cause of defeating a lethal but invisible enemy. It did not become a political issue. They thought big picture, not just the next election. By sacrificing their freedom of movement on a short-term basis, they now have it back and no longer have to wear masks or find their favorite restaurants and coffee shops closed.
I’m not going to play the stats game here. I know the risk of death from COVID-19 is low. I know some initial projects were way off.
So what…that makes this whole thing just a scam? You really think that?
Go check out a hospital morgue and come back. I’m not really interested in whether the man who had cancer and COVID-19 died of cancer or COVID-19. I am interested in telling the story of the many who are placed on a ventilator never to wake up again.
There’s much we still don’t know about COVID-19…its long-term effects, its ability to mutate, and its unexpected impact on children being three big ones.
When people claim that being asked to wear a mask is like giving up their right of free exercise or the right to bear arms, I just don’t get it. I never will. Wear the mask for the sake of your neighbor, not your own. So what if it doesn’t work? Judging by the millions of opinions on this matter, we need more time to figure that question out. So in the meantime, keep wearing the mask…they are really not that uncomfortable.
I don’t know. I’m rambling and am just going to leave this and move on with my morning. Maybe I just woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
But this guy on American Airlines has a picture on Instagram of himself wearing a mask….seriously.
So much for the “I can’t wear a mask” argument. Hypocrite.
People, don’t lie about your health when your actions could harm others (even if there is only a remote chance). It’s not reasonable. And with so much division and so much mistrust, can we not just work together on this?