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Re: Mask Exception - Asthma - Forced to apologize

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Hi Everyone,

 

Thank you for your comments to my situation. I'd to offer additional pieces of perspective to show the seriousness of the situation. 

 

Once I felt my asthma was progressing I knew I needed to get off the flight and started that process immediately. I accepted an inhaler from a complete stranger, in the middle of a Covid epidemic, basically putting my life at risk of contracting covid exposure in order to breathe. I didn't have to use his inhaler, I could (and should) have just got off the flight and got my bag and used my own inhaler, as that would have been safer.  However, in the middle of an asthma attack, logic and reason tend to go out the window. Survival becomes the priority.  And the moment I had an option to breathe freely, I took it immediately without hesitation. 

 

Now I sit here praying that I don't have covid. Which is the whole point of wearing the masks in the first place. 

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@wdrake98 wrote:

Hi Everyone,

 

Thank you for your comments to my situation. I'd to offer additional pieces of perspective to show the seriousness of the situation. 

 

Once I felt my asthma was progressing I knew I needed to get off the flight and started that process immediately. I accepted an inhaler from a complete stranger, in the middle of a Covid epidemic, basically putting my life at risk of contracting covid exposure in order to breathe. I didn't have to use his inhaler, I could (and should) have just got off the flight and got my bag and used my own inhaler, as that would have been safer.  However, in the middle of an asthma attack, logic and reason tend to go out the window. Survival becomes the priority.  And the moment I had an option to breathe freely, I took it immediately without hesitation. 

 

Now I sit here praying that I don't have covid. Which is the whole point of wearing the masks in the first place. 


IMO, you made the right decision to use the other person's inhaler.

 

Why? Because there is no guarantee that Southwest  would have been able to get your bag out of the belly of the aircraft before departure so that you could have used your own. Even If the airlie did manage to offload the bag from the plane,  it might have taken some time to get   your bag to you.

 

Moral of the story: never check meds of other things you might need while on the plane. Besides what you have done if the bag had been lost?

 

Hopefully, you'll be fine.

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Re: Mask Exception - Asthma - Forced to apologize

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I just cancelled my flight because I am hearing from friends who have been on planes recently that wearing a mask is not being enforced.  So people board the plane wearing a mask, but flight attendants are not enforcing the rule once the flight takes off.  I don't blame the flight attendants for fearing customers who take their masks off, the scenes that erupt when The New American doesn't get his or her way regarding something decent for the good of all is a far cry from the original American spirit.  And then it's a viral video and the airline has to take the fall, when the rules and expectations were made clear before boarding.  I believe this post from the asthmatic is true, but anyone might claim to have breathing issues to not wear a mask.  If a person cannot wear a mask for any reason they simply should not be allowed to board a plane.  I was willing to get on a plane wearing a mask and even bought some goggles to cover my eyes, but if even one person is carrying the virus and is not wearing a mask, no amount of social distancing on an airplane is going to be sufficient for the risk involved.  I would fear having a panic attack to be all masked up myself and then see others taking off their masks and no enforcement.   The virus is horrid even if it doesn't kill you or a loved one or your neighbor.  If I were guaranteed the mask-wearing was being ENFORCED, I would repack my suitcase.  They don't call it a pandemic as if getting sick or dying is not a potential crap shoot breathing anyone else's air.  Stay safe.  Thank you, Southwest Airlines for trying to make flying possible, but it's still too dangerous for me.

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@CarolTravels wrote:

I just cancelled my flight because I am hearing from friends who have been on planes recently that wearing a mask is not being enforced.  So people board the plane wearing a mask, but flight attendants are not enforcing the rule once the flight takes off.   

 

Perhaps you can tell the airline what it should do when ,after take off, passengers remove their masks. I suspect your answer is something like "have the FA tell the passengers to put their masks on."  But what if they say "no." What would you have the airline do?

 

Besides, SW is now serving snacks and water on flights. People eating and drinking have to remove masks to do so.

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@dfwskier wrote:

@CarolTravels wrote:

I just cancelled my flight because I am hearing from friends who have been on planes recently that wearing a mask is not being enforced.  So people board the plane wearing a mask, but flight attendants are not enforcing the rule once the flight takes off.   

 

Perhaps you can tell the airline what it should do when ,after take off, passengers remove their masks. I suspect your answer is something like "have the FA tell the passengers to put their masks on."  But what if they say "no." What would you have the airline do?

 

Besides, SW is now serving snacks and water on flights. People eating and drinking have to remove masks to do so.


 

 

I'd like to see Southwest take a similar hard-line approach as Alaska has.

 

We want you to have a great flight with us – with your mask on

 

 

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Stop with all the “you’re endangering people’s lives if you don’t wear a mask”. I’ve never heard such ignorant comments in my life!! You can’t make people sick UNLESS YOURE SICK!  Covid has a very high SURVIVAL rate!! Hardly anyone dies from it - only 10,000 out of 300 MILLION and I bet those 10,000 have all been over 90!  This is bullcrap!  So PlEASE STOP saying masks save lives. Or if you have asthmas and can’t wear a mask - then you shouldn’t travel at all because you’re killing someone else with your germs. Oh my heck- the ignorance is unbelievable!  Covid isn’t a magical virus. You must have it in order to transmit it!  READ THE fACTS. Masks should NeVER be forced. That’s anti freedom and against the constitution!   The airlines should NOT require this!

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@Gobrenda3

Clearly someone has never heard of asymptomatic carriers, but otherwise, nice try. 

 

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Re: Mask Exception - Asthma - Forced to apologize

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Being empathetic, I feel bad for the situation you found yourself in. I am not myself asthmatic but my sister is, so I understand how you must have felt trying to catch your breath and keep from having an attack.

That said, I will also say that you and Martha seem to be 2 peas from similar pods. Honestly and this is just my opinion... Finding yourself in that situation and then encountering Martha and her attitude... Your sole focus should have been doing what was necessary for you to get down the ramp and into the plane so YOU COULD better your breathing and avoid the attack. Instead, you chose to fire back at Martha and found yourself further delayed at which point you once again chose to continue  to meet Martha head on. In any other situation not involving your health I'd say, 'Have at Martha if you choose". In this case, NOT THE TIME TO DO SO! If you were as close to that attack as you said, I'd like to know what you thought you were accomplishing by calling Martha a B#@%&. What if there was another person with Asthma with a later Boarding # and they were just wanting to do the same? To get on the plane and reach the Air Vent? Your choice of action delayed them from boarding sooner. I'm not a rocket scientist, but common sense is common sense. I hope if this ever happens to you in the future, you will take the high road and simply do what you must in order to take care of yourself. You can always file that complaint afterwards, once you've taken care of yourself.  And, if I may add... It will probably get a better reaction all the way around, including Southwest Airlines. Just my opinion for what it's worth.