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Mask Optional Flights #Masksoptional

SouthwestFlyer1
New Arrival

I am proposing that airlines start to offer Mask Optional Flights for people who are not able to wear masks for long periods of time. These people have been currently marginalized by society and aren't able to go shopping, fly, travel, and live everyday life as well as people who can handle masks.  There are many different reasons people aren't able to wear masks, but these people haven't been able to travel in nearly a year. 

 

I am sure there are at least 2 pilots and enough crew to handle mask optional flights and allow people who have been marginalized by society to fly again. Also, vaccines should not be mandatory for these flights. Masks and vaccines can be recommended, but remain optional. 

 

I know that the federal aviation authority has mandated masks for all flights, but as we near the end of the pandemic, it is time to rethink that mandate and allow options for those unable to wear masks for long periods of time to fly again. If you want to truly be inclusive, mask optional flights should be a serious consideration. 

 

Thank you SouthWest for considering all options. 

Signed,

a 14-year southwest cardholder 

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Re: Mask Optional Flights #Masksoptional

parpitt1
Active Member

You should direct this plea request to Southwest customer service. The mask requirement is from the FAA .

Either way, Trust Science and statistics, Masks and Vaccines work 

Re: Mask Optional Flights #Masksoptional

TheMiddleSeat
Top Contributor

Talk to your federal representatives, Southwest only enforces what the federal government decides.  Currently, there is no option for any airline to implement mask free flights.

 

--TheMiddleSeat

Re: Mask Optional Flights #Masksoptional

SouthwestFlyer1
New Arrival

Thanks, I will do that but I think it is also important to spread awareness of all the people being marginalized and unable to fly that may need to. 

Re: Mask Optional Flights #Masksoptional

SouthwestFlyer1
New Arrival

This is to spread awareness.  Its not about not wanting to wear a mask, but for medical reasons can't. There are many people being marginalized. 

Re: Mask Optional Flights #Masksoptional

bwallet
Active Member

@SouthwestFlyer1 Yes, yes. We've heard it before many times. My heart is barely able to beat. If I wear a mask, my blood oxygen drops to zero, leading to instant brain damage/death.

 

Honestly, if your lungs are in such poor shape that you can't wear a mask, you should stay at home. There is a serious respiratory virus circulating, and it sounds like you would die if you got it.

 

Meanwhile, my 74 year old mother who has pulmonary hypertension that went undiagnosed for years leading to severe pulmonary fibrosis wears a mask and has gotten a vaccine. She can't walk any distance at all without her oxygen level dropping into the low 70's, and she's on constant oxygen, and she wears a mask without dying.

Re: Mask Optional Flights #Masksoptional

parpitt1
Active Member

https://www.southwest.com/html/customer-service/unique-travel-needs/customers-with-disabilities-pol....

 

I just noticed SWA does allow for folks with REAL medical restrictions to apply for a mask exemption, but the "Because I say so" excuse will not fly here. Paperwork and a pre flight interview are required to weed out the BS.

Re: Mask Optional Flights #Masksoptional

Ktclower
New Arrival

I support this! Masks should be optional! If you are fearful/high risk then you are welcome to wear any protection you need to but it should be OPTIONAL. 

Re: Mask Optional Flights #Masksoptional

Losabos
New Arrival

Federal Law is not optional.....you can contact your local officials if you want the law changed.

 

Similarly, you can not for instance skip TSA screening because you do not feel like it should apply to you or you do not believe it is effective or think others are just being fearful. 

 

Rules are rules, you know. 

Re: Mask Optional Flights #Masksoptional

bwallet
Active Member

@Ktclower Your not wearing a mask endangers everyone. My wearing a mask endangers no one. Risking your health is a personal choice. Risking the health of everyone around you is selfish.