Making us wear masks on a plane but not at the airport is just plain nonsense – and science proves it
Health bureaucrats have now decided there is little risk of COVID in airport terminals, but as soon as you cross the air bridge, it’s time to panic. This is madness.
So the quote-unquote health advice now says we don’t need to wear masks at airports.
Great. Medical professionals woke up to the realization that masks are no longer worn in any other building in the country.
Why the airport mask mandate was still in place is a mystery.
The statistical probability of catching COVID at an airport could not have been much higher than in any other setting. The virus is now endemic worldwide.
There is probably someone with COVID in the supermarket you are visiting. There is probably a COVID-positive restaurant in the same restaurant as you. And there’s probably someone with the virus in the same airport terminal as you.
So we’re going to do without this absurd little COVID theater.
We can finally retire the same 10 masks that we have been wearing nonstop for a year and the fabric masks that can just as easily be made of fishnets.
Except that when you get on the plane, you will have to put your mask back on. And so the madness remains.
Although Australia’s main health protection committee believes masks are no longer needed in airport terminals, they still inexplicably believe they are needed on planes.
You can sit at the door – all passengers filling all chairs, arm touching arm – without a mask. There is no COVID risk there.
But as soon as you cross the air bridge, it’s time to panic. COVID is back. This is definitely where you will catch it.
This virus is so clever that having learned to discriminate between drinkers sitting or standing in the pub, it has now discovered the ability to infect people only after they have boarded a plane.
I went to the Jim Jefferies show on Tuesday night (excellent, by the way). There were about 3,000 of us crammed into the Palais Theater in St Kilda. No masks except for those who have chosen to put them on.
And a jam-packed comedy show, where people will naturally laugh and thus spit everywhere, is supposed to be less dangerous than a flight to Sydney? Leave me alone.
In fact, the air on an airplane is much cleaner than the air you breathe than virtually any other indoor environment.
According to the International Air Transport Association, airplane air is changed 20 to 30 times per hour, about 10 times more often than in most office buildings.
The air on board also passes through HEPA filters, which remove 99.95% of particles.
You are, on this basis, much less likely to catch COVID on an airplane than anywhere else indoors.
The only increased risk is if you’re seated next to the same person for an extended period – no different than any theater or cinema across the country where masks aren’t required.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control says: “The risk of becoming infected on an airplane cannot be ruled out, but is currently considered to be low for an individual traveller.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says “most viruses and other germs don’t spread easily on flights because of the way the air circulates and is filtered on airplanes.”
Masks are no longer required on airplanes in the United States.
That planes and public transport are the only remaining places where masks are mandatory is a joke.
There has been a lot of questionable “health advice” throughout the pandemic. More than two years later, it continues.
It’s time to put an end to this madness.