Masks on a Plane

I just got back from a business trip to Spokane, WA (by “just” I mean I got home last night after midnight).

On the way to Spokane on Monday, masks were required on the flight. The next day, while on the job, I find out that shortly after I landed, the mask mandate had been overturned by a federal judge and all the airlines had immediately rescinded the requirement. So on the trip out, I missed out on being able to fly mask free by a couple of hours.

Then I hear that they’re appealing the ruling, for our own safety of course, because we heathens are too stupid to be trusted with our own health and safety.

I read somewhere yesterday that some polling company manufactured conducted a poll that said something like 55% of the population supports the mask mandate.

Well, unless the respondents to the poll never fly and support the mandate out of spite, or a majority of people completely lack self control and won’t do what they think is right unless forced, those numbers are slightly exaggerated. I’d say about 20% of the people in the airport and on the flights yesterday wore masks.

I took this picture at the Denver airport yesterday. I took it to show that there were no seats in the gate area and everyone was having to sit on the floor (how ridiculous is that?) but you can get an idea of how many people were wearing masks.

I suppose it’s possible there are a lot of people around who think people should wear masks but won’t do it themselves unless forced, but I doubt it.

I think the mask mandates are supremely unpopular and, if the Biden Administration succeeds in finding a judge that overturns the overturn and people are forced back into masks on airplanes, there are going to be a lot of unhappy people becoming even more unhappy.

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