Despite being next to China, Taiwan is not having trouble with COVID-19. Taiwan Airlines refuse passengers who don't wear masks and have been doing this for weeks. https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3901699 "China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Air will turn away passengers with a fever and require others to wear a mask during flights, except for meal times, to prevent the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), reports said Saturday (March 21). "Before boarding their flight, passengers will have their temperatures taken and anyone with a minimum fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius will be turned away, the Taiwan airlines announced on their websites Saturday. Travelers who refuse to undergo temperature screening will not be allowed on board." Years ago, I wrote Herb Kelleher on a safety issue regarding child car seats on the 737. Within days, they were on it and changed their policy. Southwest didn't need FAA to tell them to do the right thing then. Waiting for the FAA puts us passengers at risk and flight attendants at risk.
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The CDC now recommends that ALL people wear masks or face covers when going to public places. Many cities, states and counties now REQUIRE masks or face covers when going to the grocery store or riding on public transportation. Southwest should require ALL passengers to wear face covers or masks. Anyone can make a mask with a t-shirt and scissors. Or Southwest could buy fabric masks and sell them at a nominal charge at the gate for passengers who don't have one or forgot it. This would make all of us safer, and make your employees safer too. I encourage Southwest to read this excellent article by one of the top data scientists in the USA And watch this 7-minute video by a PhD in pathology as to why wearing a mask is so important. I would feel a lot better about getting on a flight if Southwest did this. Southwest is a leader in safety, it's time to lead on this. Other airlines will follow. There is a lot of great info on masks here at Masks4All.co.
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