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FLIGHT. AS AIRPORTS CONTINUE TO BECOME MORE BUSY AROUND THE COUNTRY AND COVID POSITIVITY RATES DECLINE THE QUESTION OF TO MASK OR NOT TO MASK IS BECOMING MORE POPULAR. I THINK TO REMOVE THEHE T MANDATE WILL BE GOOD. I BELIEVE THAT THE THE AIR TUOVERRN RATE ON AN AIRPLANE IS WAY BETTER THAN PEOPLE IMAGINE SO I DON’T THINK IT’S GOING TO BE AN ISSUE FOR PEOPLE TO BE. MASKLESS MIXED OPINIONS OFWI B MARSHALL THURSDAY, BUT OVERALL PASSENGERS SEEM OKAY WITH LETTING PEOPLE CHOOSE WHETHER NOT TO WEAR A MASK MY PAIN THEY SHOULD DO WHAT THEY FEEL. RIGHT IT REALLY LONG MATTER TO ME. YEAH, THEY SHOULD DO WHAT THEY FEEL WEDNESDAY THE TRADE GROUP AIRLINESOR F AMERICA SENT A LETTER SIGNED BY CEOS FROM THE TOP AIRLISNE TO THE WHITE HOUSE ASKING PRESIDENT BIDEN TO END ETH MASK MANTEDA AND MANDATORY TESTING FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS WRITING QUOTE THE HIGH LELVE OF IMMUNITY IN THE US AVAILABILITY OF HIGH QUALITY MASKS FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO USE THEM. HOSPITAL-GRADE CINAB AIR WIDESPREAD VACCINE AVAILABILITY AND NEWLY AVAILABLE THERAPEUTICS PROVID AE STRONG FOUNDATION FOR THE ADMINISTRATION TO LIFT THE MASKED MANDATE AND PRE-DEPARTURE TESTING REQUIREMENTS WE URGE YOU TO DO SO NOW. FLIGHT ATTENDANT SAFETY IS ALSO A CONCERN ACCORDING TO THE FAA THERE HAVE BEEN MORE THAN 4,000 INCIDENTS INVOLVING MASKS SINCE THE PANDEMIC STARTED THE SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT ATTENDANT UNION RIDING QUOTE. ON BOARD DURING TSEHE CONTENTIOUS TIMES AND ENFORCING MASS COMPLIANCE IS ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT JOBS. WE HAVE EVER FACED AS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS NOT SINCE NINE ELEVEN 2001 AS OUR JOB ENVIRONMENT CHANGED SO DRASTICALLY AND QUICKLY THE NUMBER OF PHYSICAL AND VERBAL ASSAULTS IN OUR WORKPLACE HAS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY MANY OF WHICH ARE RELATED TO MASS COMPLIANCE HAVING SPENT SO LONG IN MASKS. EVERYBODY’S IMMUNE SYSTEMS I A LITTLE COMPROMISED. SO IT’LL ONLY PROTECT ME FMRO OTHER THINGS WE USE THE WORD OF MASS RIGHT NOW UNTIL WE REALLY NCA GET CONTR OOLF THE PANDEMIC I THINK MASS IS STILL NECESSARY THE WTEHI HOUSE MASK MANDATE, WHICH WAS EXTENDED INITIALLY IS TSEO T EXPIRE ON APRIL 18TH. IT SEEMS THAT THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE HOPES THAT IT ENDS SOONER THAN THAT AT BWI MARSHALL. I’

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Opinions of travelers at BWI-Marshall mixed over face masks on planes

Airline CEOs urge Biden to end mask mandate, testing requirements

Opinions at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport are mixed over whether to do away with face mask mandates for travelers.|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Get tested | Vaccine Info ||As air travel continues to pick up and COVID-19 numbers continue to go down around the country, CEOs of 10 major airlines are joining with flight attendants in calling for an end to face mask mandates on public aircraft and mandatory testing for international travelers.It’s a strong message from the top airlines as well as the Southwest Airlines flight attendants’ union, citing declining positive cases, the availability of vaccinations and safety issues on board. They are asking the White House to end its public transportation face mask mandate and let passengers choose whether they will wear a mask in flight.| RELATED: Airline CEOs urge Biden to end mask mandate, testing requirementsOpinions amongst the flying public were mixed in Baltimore.”I think to remove the mandate would be good. I believe that the air turnover rate on an airplane is way better than people imagine, so I don’t think it’s going to be an issue for people to be maskless,” said Rob Allen, an air traveler.”My opinion is they should do what they feel. It really doesn’t matter to me. You should do what (you) feel,” said Devon Asberry, an air traveler.”Having spent so long in masks, everybody’s immune system is a little compromised. So, it’ll only protect me from other things,” said Susan Richter, an air traveler.”We’re used to wearing masks right now. Until we really can get control of the pandemic, I think masks are still necessary,” said Mark Fasset, an air traveler.CEOs from the top airlines signed a letter sent Wednesday by the trade group Airlines for America to the White House, saying, in part, “The high level of immunity in the U.S., availability of high-quality masks for those who wish to use them, hospital-grade cabin air, widespread vaccine availability and newly available therapeutics provide a strong foundation for the administration to lift the mask mandate and predeparture testing requirements. We urge you to do so now.”Flight attendant safety is also a concern. The Federal Aviation Administration reports more than 4,000 incidents involving masks since the pandemic started.The Southwest Airlines flight attendants’ union wrote, in part, “Serving onboard during these contentious times and enforcing mask compliance is one of the most difficult jobs we have ever faced as flight attendants. Not since Sept. 11, 2001, has our job environment changed so drastically and quickly. The number of physical and verbal assaults in our workplace has increased dramatically, many of which are related to mask compliance.”The White House mask mandate, which was extended, is scheduled to expire on April 18, around the end of spring break. Airlines are hoping for an immediate ending.

Opinions at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport are mixed over whether to do away with face mask mandates for travelers.

|| COVID-19 updates | Maryland’s latest numbers | Get tested | Vaccine Info ||

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As air travel continues to pick up and COVID-19 numbers continue to go down around the country, CEOs of 10 major airlines are joining with flight attendants in calling for an end to face mask mandates on public aircraft and mandatory testing for international travelers.

It’s a strong message from the top airlines as well as the Southwest Airlines flight attendants’ union, citing declining positive cases, the availability of vaccinations and safety issues on board. They are asking the White House to end its public transportation face mask mandate and let passengers choose whether they will wear a mask in flight.

| RELATED: Airline CEOs urge Biden to end mask mandate, testing requirements

Opinions amongst the flying public were mixed in Baltimore.

“I think to remove the mandate would be good. I believe that the air turnover rate on an airplane is way better than people imagine, so I don’t think it’s going to be an issue for people to be maskless,” said Rob Allen, an air traveler.

“My opinion is they should do what they feel. It really doesn’t matter to me. You should do what (you) feel,” said Devon Asberry, an air traveler.

“Having spent so long in masks, everybody’s immune system is a little compromised. So, it’ll only protect me from other things,” said Susan Richter, an air traveler.

“We’re used to wearing masks right now. Until we really can get control of the pandemic, I think masks are still necessary,” said Mark Fasset, an air traveler.

CEOs from the top airlines signed a letter sent Wednesday by the trade group Airlines for America to the White House, saying, in part, “The high level of immunity in the U.S., availability of high-quality masks for those who wish to use them, hospital-grade cabin air, widespread vaccine availability and newly available therapeutics provide a strong foundation for the administration to lift the mask mandate and predeparture testing requirements. We urge you to do so now.”

Flight attendant safety is also a concern. The Federal Aviation Administration reports more than 4,000 incidents involving masks since the pandemic started.

The Southwest Airlines flight attendants’ union wrote, in part, “Serving onboard during these contentious times and enforcing mask compliance is one of the most difficult jobs we have ever faced as flight attendants. Not since Sept. 11, 2001, has our job environment changed so drastically and quickly. The number of physical and verbal assaults in our workplace has increased dramatically, many of which are related to mask compliance.”

The White House mask mandate, which was extended, is scheduled to expire on April 18, around the end of spring break. Airlines are hoping for an immediate ending.

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