The former head of the United Airlines pilots union is not happy with his airline’s plan to allow some passengers banned for mask violations to fly again.
Asking for a friend. Can we get a list of all the rules and laws that we can selectively ignore? Crew members have been literal punching bags for enforcing the law and now @united shows the world how little employees matter and how little management really cares. @AFAUnitedMEC https://t.co/jW4epDLv8E
— Todd Insler (@insler_todd) April 20, 2022
Alaska Airlines announced that they are bringing back passengers banned for mask violations and not for other conduct. I expect Delta Air Lines to do something similar.
At the beginning of the pandemic, when airlines first instituted mask requirements on their own – long before it was a government requirement – the enforcement mechanism was that passengers couldn’t fly without being masked. Several airlines said at the time that any ban would be for the duration< of the requirement. That was the American Airlines explanation, and they haven’t responded to my inquiries over bringing such passengers back onto their aircraft.
Contra Todd Insler, rules being followed would mean airlines that said “ban will be for the duration of the mandate” following that… rule.
Of course bans for non-mask behavior wouldn’t fall under that. Perhaps the policy should have been that all mask bans are permanent. Perhaps some airlines even changed the policy without making public statements around that, so bans which followed the change wouldn’t be overturned now.
And in any case, for a passenger to be reinstated that means that the airline followed its rules and banned them to begin with. Most punishments in American society aren’t permanent. And I wouldn’t expect any airline to re-instate a passenger who treated any “[c]rew members..[as] literal punching bags.” On the other hand a family banned over a maskless two year old? That’s likely to be a different story.