Fauci Decries ‘Idea of Taking Masks Off’ on Airplanes; Spotted Maskless at D.C. Party

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Americans should care less whether or not someone else chooses to mask in any setting. However, when the President’s top medical advisor on COVID-19 and the responsible party for restrictive mandates is involved, they have a right to take notice of hypocrisy in words and actions. 

As worries increase over the rapid spread of Omicron in the United States, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci once again endorsed the need for masking on airplanes during his appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” Regarding the long-standing federal mandate for masking on planes, Fauci said, “We want to make sure people keep their masks on. I think the idea of taking masks off, in my mind, is really not something we should even be considering…”

The show’s host, Jonathan Karl, alluded to recent comments made earlier in the month by the CEOs of two major airlines. During a Senate hearing earlier this month, CEO Gary Kelly of Southwest stated, “I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin environment. It is very safe and very high quality compared to any other indoor setting.” Both CEOs referenced the function of high-grade HEPA air filters and their capture of airborne contamination, along with frequent exchange of fresh air from outside the cabin. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker remarked also, “I concur. An aircraft is the safest place you can be,” said Parker. “It’s true of all of our aircraft — they all have the same HEPA filters and airflow.”

Despite this, Fauci would have airline passengers continue masking on planes for the foreseeable future, citing the newest variant, Omicron, as cause for concern. The current federal mandate remains in effect through March of 2022 unless further extended. 

Fauci’s continued commitment to masking indoors ironically comes after he was reportedly spotted last month at a party in a café in Washington D.C. with a mask in hand and not on his face. According to Politico, Fauci masked around those he didn’t know and removed his mask around those he did. 

Americans may choose not to pay attention to a seemingly innocuous choice to unmask at a private function… however, when the person in question is none other than the chief medical authority for vaccine and mask mandates, hypocrisy is indeed newsworthy.

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Aly is a military spouse and mom to two. She has a special interest in international security and foreign affairs, having lived overseas, worked with Sister Cities International and served as a commissioning editor for an international relations website. Aly holds a Masters in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University and currently resides in Tennessee.
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One thought on “Fauci Decries ‘Idea of Taking Masks Off’ on Airplanes; Spotted Maskless at D.C. Party”

  1. The comment made as the first sentence in this article says it all: “Americans should care less whether or not SOMEONE ELSE chooses to mask in any setting.” (my CAPS)

    The truth is–this is a personal decision and should be made by each individual. If I believe that masks perform a function in reducing the spread, I should wear a mask and ONLY inject my beliefs if asked–but never require others to adhere to my belief. If I am not wearing a mask and come into proximity of someone wearing a mask, I should ask them, “Would you be more comfortable with me wearing a mask?” and if they indicate that they wish me to, then I should wear one in their presence. This attitude and action provides an air of concern for those around us.

    HOWEVER, when we mandate and require everyone to wear masks regardless of the circumstance, then we become hypocritical if we do not ALWAYS wear a mask–even in private settings. THIS is where the leadership of this country (and especially Dr. Fauci) have failed the American people AND the leadership test. Because of the mandates they are placing on the people, they should NEVER be seen without a mask.