Late on Friday night, the Centers for Disease Control issued its new order for wearing masks on airlines, which Live and Let’s Fly already covered in detail. The mandate creates broad new exceptions that will embolden poor behavior on airplanes while ridiculously requiring masks for two-year-olds.
Bad News: New Federal Mask Mandate On Airplanes
While the general idea of a federal mask mandate that replaces a patchwork approach across the nation is not without merit, the new order has the distinct probability of making flying less safe for everyone and more burdensome for families with young children.
The new mandate is aimed at the “preservation of human life” but a broad new loophole may undermine that goal.
Those “with a disability who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask” no longer must wear a mask. Currently in the USA, only Delta allows for this exception and only upon virtual consolation with a medical profession at check-in.
Folks, this is a loophole a mile wide. Airlines will be permitted to ask for medical documentation or consultation, but will have to defer once that’s presented. Look for a new network of anti-mask doctors of the Simone Gold variety to issue “medical orders” (for a fee, of course) that a flyer cannot wear a mask.
Yes, I expect a lot more losers like David Harris, Jr. to now get away with lying about their medical condition. Airlines will no longer be able to question a doctor’s note and I know far too many doctors who will willingly write these notes.
Children Two And Under
And then there is the issue of children. The new mandate requires all children two and over to wear a mask. Currently, this is policy at all airlines except for Delta Air Lines, which does not require young children to wear a mask if they have trouble keeping it on.
Delta’s exception is science-based (most of the world does not require masks for young people, let alone two-year-olds) and was also an important market differentiator.
Forcing two-year-olds to wear masks is simply cruel and does not meaningfully slow the spread of virus. Now we’ll continue to see two-year-olds being thrown off. Ridiculous.
I had hoped the new federal mandate would correct the issue of forcing two-year-olds to wear a mask. It did not. I had hoped that it would not open a huge loophole for people to exploit “disability” exceptions. It did.
Expect less compliance once the new rule goes into effect. This rule is regress, not progress.
What are your thoughts on the new federal mask mandate?