(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) The CEOs of 10 top airlines have sent a letter to President Biden calling for the drop of masking mandates for travelers, in a move that many consider long overdue and consistent with the prevailing science of the moment.
Airlines to Biden: Drop the Mask Mandate.
10 CEOs of US passenger and Cargo airlines send letter to President Biden calling for an end to the onboard mask mandate and predepature testing rules pic.twitter.com/Xcl1kWJ3pf
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The CEO’s of Alaska, American, Atlas, Delta, FedEx Espress, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and UPS Airlines made the call to end mask mandating through the trade association representing the group, Airlines for America, reported Todd Starnes.
The letter states that the mandates “no longer make sense,” and that their industry has “leaned into the science at every turn.”
“Now is the time for the Administration to sunset federal transportation travel restrictions—including the international predeparture testing requirement and the federal mask mandate—that are no longer aligned with the realities of the current epidemiological environment,” the CEOs said.
“The science clearly supports lifting the mask mandate, as demonstrated by the recently released CDC framework indicating that 99 percent of the U.S. population no longer need to wear masks indoors.”
This is the first time the CEO of any airline has spoken out against mandatory masking and testing.
The Biden administration has not commented on this letter, or made any indication they would be willing to drop the mandates.
This letter comes as the mainstream media has started reporting on a new COVID variant making its way through Europe and, some say, already sprouting in America.
While many seem to be concerned about what has been dubbed Omicron BA.2, the “experts,” including Anthony Fauci, have been surprisingly subdued about the situation.
“We’ll likely see an uptick in cases, as we’ve seen in the European countries, particularly the U.K.,” Fauci said. “Hopefully we won’t see a surge—I don’t think we will.”
Democrat politicians have not made moves towards reinstating masking and vaccination mandates.
If a new surge becomes evident, however, Fauci has indicated the government is ready to pounce into action with renewed mandates and restrictions.