Southwest CEO told Senators “masks don’t add much, if anything” to slowing the spread.
Royal Caribbean Group CEO Richard Fain says a cruise ship is the safest place to be but American Airlines boss Doug Parker told Senators at a hearing on Commerce and Transportation that it is safest on an airplane.
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly agreed telling Senators that the air filtration systems on planes keeps contaminated air from circulating amongst the passengers. “The statistics I recall is that 99.97% of airborne pathogens are captured by the [high efficiency particulate air] filtering system, and it’s turned over every two or three minutes,” he explained. “It’s very safe, and very high quality compared to any other indoor setting.”
Now, someone will have to convince the President because despite the air filtration systems on planes, the mask requirement was recently extended by the administration.
In addition, at least on Senator took issue with their statements. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) was reportedly enraged by the remarks that the two executives made, saying that he was “shocked” and that it was “immoral” that “we still allow unvaccinated people on planes.”