- THE BLAZE - SARAH TAYLOR - DEC 16, 2021 -
CEOs of two major airlines spoke out and questioned the necessity of masks on flights, CNN reported.
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker and Southwest CEO Gary Kelly both made related remarks during a Wednesday Senate hearing on the financial support the airline industry has received amid the ongoing pandemic.
Masks are required on all American airliners per order of the federal government.
What are the details?
Both Parker and Kelly said that they don't believe masks make much difference when it comes to tamping down the transmission of COVID-19 and that advanced air filtration systems on airliners make them one of the safest places to be with regard to coronavirus infections.
The remarks were spurred by a question posed by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) during the hearing.
Wicker, ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, asked whether the company CEOs believed that masks ought to be mandated on airliners.
Kelly answered, "I think the case is very strong that masks don't add much, if anything, in the air cabin environment. It is very safe and very high quality compared to any other indoor setting."
Parker added, "I concur. An aircraft is the safest place you can be. It's true of all of our aircraft — they all have the same HEPA filters and air flow."
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