Airlines are doing everything possible to provide a safe flying environment to encourage stronger demand. The question we have to ask ourselves as potential passengers, is flying right now worth the current COVID policy inconveniences? Yes, wearing a mask is inconvenient. It’s a personal thing and why masks are part of the problem.
Let’s be clear here. Masks are part of the overall solution to slow the deadly spread of COVID-19.
Virus eradication is the ultimate goal.
It’s an economic problem. The slow recovery of air travel demand is causing global economic pain. That problem is hindered by the airline mask requirements.
It’s tough times. On one hand, airlines need to provide a safe environment. On the other hand, policies such as wearing a mask pose as a deterrent to potential customers.
Wearing a mask isn’t enjoyable. Is the flight worth the inconvenience?
Mask Wearing Issues
I don’t like wearing a mask. I know I’m not the only one.
They’re difficult to breathe in. People have a hard time understanding you when talking through a mask. And, it’s fairly difficult to know how someone is reacting during a conversation. Are they smiling or are they upset? It can be awkward.
We know medical professionals wear them all day long. They’re comfortable with them after years of service. Some of us are not there yet.
Perhaps the answer is wearing the most comfortable mask available. I have yet to find one I enjoy wearing for an extended period of time.
Which is a requirement if flying somewhere.
Will You Enjoy The Journey?
Have you considered what your travel day flying will entail?
If you take a taxi, Lyft/Uber, or public transportation, you’ll need to wear your mask.
Once you get to the airport, you’ll need to wear your mask most of the time.
Masks are required on the plane.
You’ll wear a mask if getting a ride from someone or public transportation to wherever you’re headed after landing.
You’ll wear your mask most of the time you’re traveling. At minimum a few hours. It might be an all-day affair.
That’s if things go swimmingly well. Travel is far from flawless operationally speaking.
Different scenarios will add to our anxiety. For example, getting stuck on the tarmac for hours waiting for take-off clearance due to weather concerns adds to the time wearing the mask and our frustration.
Airlines Caught In A Tight Spot
They need revenue. To get the revenue they must make passengers feel safe to fly. Mask requirements are an integral part of that strategy.
However, I’m not excited about wearing a mask for hours traveling. I’m not alone.
This is a major problem the airlines will continue to stress over. How can they make flying convenient and safe enough for large hordes of vacationers to take to the skies again?
When travel can get back to the old normal. No masks, big hugs, and all.
That’s not possible until the all-clear is given. Based on what we’ve seen thus far.
As the saying goes, enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Difficult given the circumstances. If enjoying the journey isn’t possible, then some of us won’t go until we can.
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