Voices within the aviation industry that had pushed both the Biden and Trump administrations for such an order have called for it to be renewed. They said the Biden administration’s order in February added teeth and consistency to a patchwork of local orders that applied to buildings like airports, and company policies requiring masks on airplanes and other vehicles.
“We do think it should maintain the mask mandate,” Nick Calio, who leads the industry association Airlines for America, said at a Senate hearing on Wednesday. “It has helped considerably on airplanes and in airports.”
Sara Nelson, presidente dell'Associazione degli assistenti di volo, said the government can support her members enforcing the order by “making it very clear to the public” that masks remain a requirement.
Some governors have rescinded orders or allowed mask requirements in their states to expire. President Joe Biden has taken a different approach: Soon after taking office in January, he directed the TSA, Centri per il controllo e la prevenzione delle malattie, Transportation Department, and other agencies to require masking.
At the Wednesday hearing
, Suo. Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican who has been photographed not properly wearing a mask on aircraft
, said passengers should do so
“until the government changes the requirement.
“It does seem, anche se, sometime in the future that this thing needs to end,” Wicker added.
Dott. Leonard Marcus, who has studied coronavirus transmission on airplanes at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told Wicker that the circulation of variants makes it difficult to say how long masks will be needed in enclosed spaces.
“Di sicuro, when we’re on the plane, when we’re going through the airport buildings, when we’re indoors, let’s keep those masks on,” Marcus said. “We want to make this crisis end as soon as possible.”