Over two years have passed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and overall, Americans are generally sick and tired of most of the mandates that came along with it.
Specifically, according to Breitbart, a recent poll by Scott Rasmussen, detailed by America First Policy Institute, revealed clearly that Americans are exhausted when it comes to mask mandates on airlines, which were just recently extended — again — by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In addition to airlines, passengers on trains, buses, and other forms of public transportation will be required to don a face muzzle for the foreseeable future.
The survey revealed that there is especially strong feelings from those who frequently fly on planes about ending the mandates once and for all.
The survey’s results
Nationwide, a majority of 53% of American voters believe it’s time to end airline mask mandates. Only 40% oppose ending the masking on airlines.
Notably, for American voters who “fly regularly,” a staggering 72% of that group want the mandates ended ASAP.
The survey’s results match the sentiment not only from voters, but from groups connected to the airline industry, such as Airlines for America, which recently penned a letter to President Joe Biden’s White House.
“It makes no sense that people are still required to wear masks on airplanes, yet are allowed to congregate in crowded restaurants, schools and at sporting events without masks, despite none of these venues having the protective air filtration system that aircraft do,” the group’s letter read.
The group also pointed to the increased frustration among airline flight attendants, who aren’t supposed to have to deal with masking issues, writing, “This is not a function they are trained to perform and subjects them to daily challenges by frustrated customers. This in turn takes a toll on their own well-being.”
Airlines for America’s letter was signed by a number of industry leaders, including CEOs and other high-profile airline industry leaders.
As of now, Biden’s White House presumably holds its breath as it waits to see if the BA.2 subvariant ramps up in transmission across the country and, if so, whether or not it’s as deadly as the Delta variant was, or milder like omicron.
Government agencies, such as the CDC, have promised to make major pandemic-related decisions based on hospital rates for any future variants, so only time will tell with this latest one.