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Aircraft and transport: masks yes or masks no

In the US the debate grows, but the obligation ends on March 18th

The use of anti-covid-19 masks at some of the latest major public events in the United States appears sporadic, while some schools have made their use optional. However, aboard airplanes and on other modes of transportation, their use remains mandatory until at least March 18th in America. This deadline is fueling public debate between those for and against extending this deadline. 

For companies, the end of the requirement coincides with the reintroduction of some passenger services, such as liquor sales. A recent document of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives hope to airlines: the proposal is to limit the use of the mask to areas with high rates of infection and hospitalization. 

For its part, the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) union almost certainly foresees an extension of the mask-wearing requirement beyond the deadline. In fact, in spite of the hot season, in the summer of 2021 in the United States there was a great increase in infections, mainly due to the non-use of safety devices. According to some, this could lead to flight attendants having to wear masks, thus dropping the obligation for passengers.

If many companies want to remove the mask requirement on board, it is because this would emphasize that things are back to normal. In any case, the White House will demand that the final choice be tied to a clear political message: "mission completed". Not extending the requirement and then seeing the pandemic spread again would be a tragedy for Joe Biden and his administration.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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