Right now people are fighting on board over lack of social distancing, although sometimes they’re just freaking out on social media about it. An airplane is a big metal tube that you’re going to be trapped in for several hours. If you want an empty seat next to you it’s been possible to buy one for a long time. Airlines are in the business of selling travel, and if that concerns you then you probably shouldn’t fly.
Passengers argue with crew on board MEA flight ME204 after no social distancing measures were in place. pic.twitter.com/n9qKg44YnM
— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) May 9, 2020
I’m afraid that the next flash point of people being awful to each other in the air is going to be requirements to wear masks. JetBlue was first out of the gate with this but others quickly followed. In fact if you don’t want to wear a mask inflight, the largest airline I can find in the U.S. not requiring them is Allegiant.
Of course some passengers aren’t going to wear them. They might claim a medical condition and this assertion can’t be questioned.
I really hope people wear masks. You can share your thoughts on their effectiveness in the comments if you want, but that’s totally beside the point. The requirement makes the people around you more comfortable and it is disrespectful of your fellow passengers not to wear one regardless of the rule.
People are getting pretty political over mask wearing, arguing that it somehow impinges on their freedom when a private company (not the government!) mandates it? They want to boycott Costco or something, though I don’t see what right there is to potentially asymptomatically spread a virus.
— Immaad (@Immaad2) May 9, 2020
For every person planning to #boycott a store for requiring their patrons to wear a #mask, there’s someone else like me planning to boycott businesses who DON’T enforce #Coronavirus #COVID19 protective measures. pic.twitter.com/ORrQKiqCEW
— cassandracarolina (@cassandra17lina) May 9, 2020
Given that masks have become a flash point in a debate over the correct political response to a global pandemic, feelings about masks are deeply held. So some people won’t do it on what they see as principle, and if they’re told to put one on (Allegiant is offering them free, and Allegiant doesn’t offer anything for free) they’ll object in the strongest possible terms. So there’s lots of potential for conflicts in the air, and even diversions over this i’m afraid.