If you wanted to travel to the US for two years now, you needed to have a mask. On April 19th, a federal judge decided it was time for civilians to take their masks off in public transport. This lift brought a sight many have not seen in years, travelers in planes without masks.
The Biden Administration said that masks are no longer necessary on planes, buses, and other public transportation. Southwest, United, JetBlue, American, Delta, and Alaska airlines confirmed they would allow passengers without masks on board their planes.
This news came with mixed feelings as most feel it’s a good thing while others feel like it is reckless. In some airports, attendants still choose to keep their face masks on for their safety. The change is an indication that America is finally winning the long fight against the Coronavirus.
Many people are happy about the change, but they are unhappy about how and when it happened.
When they put in the mask mandate, the government gave a notice for people to prepare. The mandate lift, on the other hand, happened without notice.
It was a mid-flight announcement for travelers across the US. Airline crews informed passengers of the mandate lift, and they started taking off their masks.
Many passengers were displeased about this because of the timing. It seemed insane to change the safety rules in the middle of a flight. Those of this opinion say the airlines should have held the mandate in the planes until they landed.
Many people only booked the flight because they felt safe knowing everyone had to wear masks. The government flipped it while people were already on the plane. They should have allowed the passengers to decide if that was something they wanted.