Another COVID narrative is falling apart.
The CEOs of Southwest and American airlines both sad that they do not believe masks on airplanes do much to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Gary Kelly, the Southwest airlines CEO, went as far as to say “I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything” on planes.
CNN BUSINESS — The CEOs of two of the nation's major airlines–American and Southwest–say they don't think wearing #masks on planes does much to help limit exposure to Covid.
— Election Wizard (@ElectionWiz) December 15, 2021
The CEOs of two of the nation’s major airlines say they don’t think wearing masks on planes does much to help limit exposure to Covid.
The comments from American Airlines (AAL) CEO Doug Parker — the nation’s largest carrier — and Southwest (LUV) CEO Gary Kelly came during a hearing about the financial support that airlines received from the federal government in 2020 and 2021. But the topic of masks arose via a question from Sen. Roger Wicker, the ranking Republican on the Senate committee holding the hearing.
“I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin environment. It is very safe and very high quality compared to any other indoor setting,” said Kelly.
Both Kelly and Parker, who each have announced plans to retire as CEOs in the coming months, mentioned that high-grade HEPA air filters on planes capture virtually all airborne contamination and air quality is helped by how frequently cabin air is exchanged with fresh air from outside the cabin.
“I concur. An aircraft is the safest place you can be,” said Parker. “It’s true of all of our aircraft — they all have the same HEPA filters and air flow.”
Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants, said that she thought it was up to scientists to decide rather than her.
However, she did seemingly poke holes in the studies claiming masks work.
She said, “What I will add is that the studies that have been done…were done with mannequins that were sitting straight forward with masks on, not removing them, not eating.”
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