Cathay Pacific will no longer mandate that business and first class passengers wear masks while in the lie-flat position. I’m fine with this policy, though I still don’t understand the strong objection to masks. But will this exception create a sense of class warfare and thereby exacerbate overall mask enforcement onboard? It’s worth a discussion.
No More Masks In Cathay Pacific Premium Cabins While Sleeping – Class Warfare?
The logic is simple enough: spacious premium cabin seats provide social distancing. Particularly in first class, there is indeed more than six feet of space around every passenger.
Yes, the virus is spread via airborne particles and yes, coronavirus respects no class dividers or borders. Nevertheless, with filtration and other cleaning protocols in place, the probability of transmission on an aircraft is low (yes, I’m aware of the London to Hanoi flight on Vietnam Airlines that seems to suggest otherwise).
Thus, while this policy may be a bit premature, I do not have a logic-based problem with it.
My concern is the sort of biblical notion of placing self-control on liberty. Specifically, will this cause others to stumble? Masks should not be for show or to make a fashion statement. Not only is there broad scientific consensus they help, but it is just common sense.
But there is indeed a solidarity aspect to masks, an unspoken sign that we are in this battle together. By creating more exceptions and loopholes, do we not undermine that idea of unity that is necessary to get through this battle more quickly? Are we not only as strong as the weakest link?
Can you imagine enforcement issues this may create when economy or premium economy passengers see business and first class passengers not wearing a mask and think, why am I not afforded the same luxury when I am sleeping? Why should I have to be so uncomfortable?
That’s the other point, though. I’ve flown dozens of times during the pandemic and have slept with a mask on. Not only is it tolerable, but by this point I do not even notice it anymore.
While I hope we do not have to wear masks indefinitely, they are not such a burden that I am clamoring for the conclusion of obligatory face coverings onboard.
I’m fairly split on this issue, if you could not tell. Yes, I’m fine with the logic of the policy. But I do wonder whether it will create more problems than it solves and undermine efforts at slowing its spread.
What is your opinion on the new Cathay Pacific mask policy? Will it create class warfare onboard?