Dr. Anthony Fauci said he can’t see the end of the mask he wears on planes, although airline executives have trouble stressing the effectiveness of their air filtration systems.
Fauci was speaking on ABC’s Meet the Press after Gary Kelly, chief executive of Southwest Airlines, said he called for an end to mask mandates on planes and claimed that “masks don’t add much, if anything” in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. Kelly tested positive the day after he testified in Congress.
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When asked Sunday during an interview on ABC’s Meet the Press if he thought the end of face masks on planes was in sight, Fauci replied: “I don’t think so.”
He continued, “I think when you’re dealing with an enclosed space, even though filtering is good, you want to go that extra step.
When you have people, you know you get a flight from Washington to San Francisco, the flight takes more than five hours.
“Even though you have a good filtration system, I still think masks are a wise thing to do and we must do it.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared on ABC’s This Week Sunday morning and said face masks are still a must on planes
Jonathan Karl, the host, asked Fauci if he felt the masks on planes would become obsolete soon. Fauci replied: I don’t think so.
Fauci said the federal mandate on face masks on planes has been in place since February, and will remain for the foreseeable future. Pictured, a plane in May 2020, before authorization begins
Wearing a face mask on planes is now routine
Fauci said on NBC’s Meet the Press that fully vaccinated people do not need to be isolated if they come into contact with an infected person.
“If you’ve been vaccinated and put at risk, you don’t need to self-isolate,” Fauci said.
“Some people (they do), and I think it would be wise to end up taking the test.”
Kelly, 66, sat during Wednesday’s Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing — titled ‘Overseeing the American Airlines Industry’ — between American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby, who were also No masks, for about three hours.
Seated to the left of Kirby, Delta Air Lines COO John Lafter and Sarah Nelson, president of the Flight Attendants Association (AFA).
Kelly, who plans to retire in early 2022, received a positive test result Thursday after experiencing mild symptoms.
The spokesperson said Kelly was fully vaccinated and boosted, and tested negative “several times” prior to Wednesday’s hearing.
All four other committee members at the hearing — Parker, Kirby, Laughter and Nelson — all tested negative Friday and will continue to be tested and monitored for symptoms, CNBC reported.
At the hearing, the four airline executives said they were confident HEPA filtration systems keep travelers safe.
“I think we can all now generally agree that the cycle of the way air is agitated in a compressed air cabin, and filtration system is better than many interior spaces,” said Dhakah, Delta’s COO.
“A plane is the safest place you can be inside,” said Kirby, United CEO.
“A plane is the safest place to be,” added Parker, CEO of American Airlines.
However, Nelson, who represents more than 50,000 flight attendants on 17 airlines, said filtration is beneficial, but other layers of protection are also essential.
So it’s important to realize that the Controlled Safe Environment on board is a multi-layered safety protocol, which includes aircraft sterilization and includes service procedures and includes HEPA filtration that is not present on all aircraft, by the way, and includes everyone who wears masks.
Not all planes are equipped with HEPA filtration and not all passengers are vaccinated, Nelson noted.
On Thursday, as news of Kelly’s diagnosis spread, and people questioned the wisdom of his downplaying the importance of face masks, Delta CEO Ed Bastian — who was not at the hearing — told CNBC that he disagreed with other airline executives’ assessment on the mask issue. . .
“Especially when we see that Omicron continues to enter our country, masks will be important as a precaution for some time,” Bastian said.
Parker and then his Instagram.
He wrote: “I agree with my fellow CEOs that boarding is a safe and healthy indoor environment.”
I did that by saying, “I’m OK,” and then talking about the air quality.
I didn’t mention masks or the federal mask mandate, but my approval was vague and it’s my fault for not being clearer in my response.
We support the federal mask mandate. a point.
“Promulgated by the TSA and in consultation with the CDC and other health experts to protect the safety and well-being of our customers and team members.”