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Airline industry giants unite on mask mandates – CBS Baltimore

ByKimberly A. Brochu

Mar 24, 2022

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Some giants of the airline industry formed a united front on Wednesday and called on President Joe Biden to end federal requirements for mask mandates on planes.

The 10 CEOs made their position clear in a signed letter. The letter to Biden urged him to end pre-departure COVID testing rules and the onboard mask mandate.

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And some travelers agree with them.

“It’s very difficult to breathe in these masks,” said Crystal Price, who was traveling from Texas on Wednesday.

“I think they have to go, we take them off anyway when we eat and drink, so I think they should go,” Price said.

But not everyone agreed among passengers at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Wednesday.

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“We are still in the midst of the pandemic, I feel it is in the interest of protecting others and continuing to wear them,” said a woman who went by the name Nicole as she traveled from Atlanta .

The 10 CEOs of passenger airlines, including Southwest, Delta and JetBlue, as well as cargo airlines like Fed-Ex and Atlas Air, have called for this action for their travelers but also their employees who must enforce these quotes, ” now obsolete regulations,” according to the letter.

Nicole said that on her flight from Atlanta to Baltimore, flight attendants had to remind a few people to put their masks back on.

The letter comes as concerns about another spike in COVID-19 cases could be imminent as officials closely monitor the spread of the new BA.2 variant.

“You can be almost certain that you’re going to see a slight uptick…the real question is how big the upside will be, and we’ll just have to wait and see,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said on CNN on Tuesday.

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The federal mask mandate on planes is also expanding to all travel hubs, including BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, based on CDC recommendations. The term has been extended until April 18.