Tell grandma you’re sorry – but some airlines think her homemade mask simply “isn’t good enough” to count as a “real mask.”
That’s right, even though all airlines require masks for employees and travelers, now they’re getting into the nitty-gritty details of what “type” of mask is deemed “acceptable” – and cloth masks are out.
But before you burn or toss out your eclectic collection of cloth masks – here’s what you need to know.
One of the most maddening things about this COVID-19 fiasco is there is absolutely NO consistency in policies among airlines or destinations.
… and now they have to add in figuring out what “type” of mask is allowed depending on the airline.
So why the sudden backlash against cloth masks?
Apparently, some “health experts” think they aren’t as safe as others.
Even though the so-called experts can’t even agree if masks work or not…
… now they want to dictate what type of mask travelers are allowed to wear.
Air France and Lufthansa have already banned cloth masks and mandate that medical masks must be worn during all flights.
But they aren’t the only airlines to adopt a similar policy.
Travel And Leisure reported:
“This week, Finnair became the latest carrier to ban fabric face masks onboard, accepting only surgical masks, valve-free FFP2 or FFP3 respirator masks, and N95 masks, the company tweeted.
“The safety of our customers and employees is our first priority. Fabric masks are slightly less efficient at protecting people from infection than surgical masks,” the company wrote in a statement.”
Flying has reached a whole new level of exhaustion.
Travelers are weary of the constant mandate changes, and it’s nearly impossible to plan ahead.
Not to mention, many people had friends who sewed cloth masks and stocked up on creative masks to adhere to the mask mandate…
… only now to be told their masks are basically useless.
And if you think it’s crazy to ban cloth masks, one airline is even insisting all travelers DOUBLE UP and wear TWO MASKS!
Travel And Leisure continued:
“LATAM Airlines has also banned fabric and reusable face masks on domestic flights within Chile, allowing only surgical masks with three layers, KN95, and N95 masks.
The carrier also requires doubling up on face masks for passengers connecting in Lima, even if they remain on board the aircraft.”
Bureaucrats just love to exercise control over anyone they can.
The once leisurely experience of traveling has turned into an absolute nightmare.
You may be looking to book a fall or winter getaway, but I would strongly encourage you to avoid booking a flight in the near future.
Instead, we suggest taking a road trip.
The freedom of driving across America and soaking in the natural beauty of our great country should be enough to sustain you through the many more mandates that are sure to come.
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