Masks on Planes May Become Permanent – But Are They Effective?

Masks on Planes May Become Permanent - But Are They Effective?

( – There’s a lot of speculation about whether masks are going to become a permanent fixture in travel, specifically on planes. NIAID Director Anthony Fauci said as much during a December interview on ABC’s “This Week.” Recently, an airline executive made a similar comment, even comparing it to post-9/11 changes.

Ryanair Finance Chief Neil Sorahan told the Telegraph that he believes mask mandates will remain in place for the foreseeable future, saying it’s like putting “our toiletries in plastic bags” when flying since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. He claimed it’s “a small price to pay.”

Dr. Colin Axon, an adviser to the UK’s government, warned some cloth masks have gaps that are roughly 5,000 times the size of COVID-19 particles. He called them little more than “comfort blankets.”

Axon’s comments mirror the updated CDC guidelines that admit cloth masks, which are widely used on airlines, are the least effective face coverings. The health agency said N95 and KN95 masks are the most effective; however, airlines do not require passengers to use a specific type of masks, so people are able to fly with comfort blankets that do little to actually protect anyone, according to health guidelines.

Sorahan’s comment about the masks being a “small price to pay” was also problematic. Many argue that any restriction on freedom is too large a price to pay. What do you think?

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