I don’t think the federal mask mandate is good policy. Airlines already required masks before it was put in place earlier this year, the masks allowed to satisfy the requirement provide little protection, and vaccinated travelers shouldn’t need to be masked (and those who have chosen not to get vaccinated I’m less worried about). Kids are at statistically lower risk than older Americans who have had a shot.
But there’s no reason to aim the ire at flight attendants who have been required by their employers, and now the federal government, to enforce these rules. And mask-wearing is not in any way ‘like what Nazis did.’
Tomi Lahren, apparently, feels differently and reaches the Godwin’s law ‘mask nazis’ stage of the pandemic.
Tomi Lahren calls flight attendants "Nazis of the air" for enforcing the airlines' mask mandates. pic.twitter.com/3Zog6M1Hgq
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 8, 2021
Then again maybe this was a compliment? Two years ago another conservative commentator defended Nazis as just having gone a bit too far.
It is possible mask mandates could make sense in the future, though they do not make sense today. If vaccine effectiveness wanes against the virus but the government stands in the way of booster shots then we could face a real renewed threat. At that point good quality masks, properly worn, could make sense (cloth and paper masks still not so much).