A pilot flying a plane in the United States made an on-air announcement about wearing a mask, and it didn’t sit well with everyone.
A pilot flying a plane in the United States has made a controversial on-air announcement about the status of mask-wearing passengers in the cabin.
The recorded announcement, believed to have been made while traveling with Alaskan Air, was the “largest” the pilot says he has ever made.
During the flight, the Biden administration announced it would no longer enforce a US mask mandate on public transportation, including aboard flights, after a Florida federal judge ruled on Monday that the 14-year directive month was illegal, nullifying a White Effort key to the house to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Along with Alaska Airlines, United Airlines has also eased restrictions effective immediately on all domestic flights. The White House called the decision “disappointing.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking,” the pilot can be heard bellowing into the plane’s loudspeaker.
“This is the most important announcement I have ever made. The federal mask mandate is over. Take off your masks if you wish.
The short clip was met with cheers and celebrations when the masks were removed, but the airline said it understands some may have mixed feelings about the new decision.
“It’s been a long 24 months with almost constant change,” reads the airline’s blog.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our frontline employees who have managed each pivot with the focus on the safety and care we are known for.
“We are also grateful to our guests who remained considerate, patient and supportive at every turn.”
Some passengers have expressed concern about the safety of traveling on a plane without a mask.
“My kid is on a flight to Alaska as we speak,” one wrote on Twitter.
“I’m so pissed that the airlines are changing the rules mid-flight! Choose this travel date precisely because it was within the mask mandate period.
‘I can’t help but think of the people who may have chosen to book and board this flight based on an assessment of personal risk which involved everyone being masked,’ one added. other.
“And then, MIDFLIGHT, when it was physically impossible to leave, that element of their risk assessment was turned upside down.”
Another social media user, who was on the flight, said that while there was “applause”, many “carried on”.
“Please reinstate the wearing of masks on your flights. If there is another airline that cares enough about my health to require the wearing of masks, I will book all future flights with that airline.
United Airlines said “effective immediately” masks will no longer be required on domestic flights, some international routes and at US airports.
“While this means our employees are no longer required to wear a mask — and no longer have to enforce a mask requirement for most travelers — they will be able to wear masks if they choose to, as the CDC continues to strongly recommend wearing a mask on public transport.”
In Australia, passengers are required to wear masks on all domestic and international flights, as well as at airports.