American greeted Cancellation of Maskman date On Tuesday, a mixture of joy, relief and vigilance on planes, trains, buses and public transport abruptly ended a directive that had been widely implemented in various forms for nearly two years.
After a federal judge ruled against the requirements on Monday, transport security agencies, airlines, public transport officials, and transport providers began rolling back mask mandate enforcement. However, some transportation, including the New York MTA, states that masks are needed for now.
The airline responded particularly quickly. Ten of the country’s largest carriers said they would stop enforcing mask requirements by early Tuesday. Lyft and Uber will soon follow and Stop needing U.S. riders and drivers wear masks, but both companies state local regulations Replaces your own rules..
Passengers on some airlines received news at airports and on planes and shared festive photos and videos on social media.That uplifting feeling was accompanied by tension and fear from others who were afraid that the end of the mission would increasingly expose them and their loved ones to the coronavirus. As a new variant We are increasing the number of cases throughout the United States.
On Monday afternoon, 49-year-old Peter Shankman boarded a United Airlines flight from Denver to Newark.Immediately after boarding Pilots have announced that masks are not required, but those who remove them should pay homage to those who wear them. Most people around him continued to wear masks after the announcement, but only a few replaced the cover after eating.
“I put mine on the whole plane,” he said.
Shankman has found that he travels more often to work as a corporate keynote and has been sick much less often since he started wearing masks. “I may continue with that,” he added. Not so inconvenient. “
He is not alone. Recent research has shown that support for mask mandates has declined, but most Americans still support it.According to the report, at least 60 percent of adults were in favor of maintaining their mission. Harris Paul Conducted this month. Morning Consult reported this month A similar percentage of adults support the mask requirement, and those traveling over the next few months are most likely to support the mission.
It was not immediately clear how the removal of the mask requirement would affect travel demand. Airlines are enjoying a powerful rebound that can easily survive the surge if caused by a variant of Omicron and rising fares.
Last week, Delta reported that March was the highest-selling month in history. According to Hopper, the airfare tracking app, domestic fares have risen 40% this year from the average domestic round-trip flight of $ 235. As of noon on Tuesday, Hopper said no meaningful changes had been detected for people searching for flights.
For many flight attendants, the cancellation of the mandate has provided peace of mind. Over the last two years, flight crew have faced a surge in passenger threats and violence. Anger is often caused by militant resistance to complying with mask obligations enforced by airplane flight crews.
Of course, the science behind mandates hasn’t changed, and recently new and known US viral cases have begun to increase again. As of Monday, there were an average of over 39,000 new cases per day, up 43% from two weeks ago. According to the New York Times database..
This figure remains well below the peak of the winter surge caused by the Omicron variant, but experts believe that new cases are increasingly underestimated. Rise of home testing.. Also, many people who have been vaccinated and received booster shots have not experienced any serious illness due to being infected with Omicron.
“No doubt, masking helps,” said David Friedman, professor and president-elect of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Airplanes are equipped with high-quality filtration systems and air circulates frequently, but Dr. Friedman said masking can be particularly useful at airports, gates, airbridges, in front of airplanes, etc. .. The engine runs and draws fresh air into the cabin.
“Air travel is a series of activities, not just sitting in an airplane seat,” Dr. Friedman said, adding that he will continue to wear the N95 mask.
Masks are most effective when worn by everyone, but for individuals You can still profit Because he is the only person in the crowd.
Adil Hassan Report that contributed.