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Pete Buttigieg insists American travelers respect masks mandates on planes because it is an small, enclosed workspace for airline workers who may not be vaccinated

 Pete Buttigieg urged U.S. travelers to respect flight attendants and other crew members as guidance still states even vaccinated people have to wear face coverings on public transportation like planes, trains and buses.

'The flight crews and other workers you encounter, they're doing their job,' the Transportation Secretary said during an interview on ABC's 'This Week' as they continue to enforce mask mandates on planes.

'They're following regulations and they're there to keep you safe. It is absolutely unacceptable to ever mistreat a transportation worker.

'And of course, there's very serious fines and enforcement around that,' Buttigieg added, pledging strict federal enforcement against those who push back against these rules.

Buttigieg said the federal mask mandate, which remains in effect on planes, buses and trains until September 13, continues to be driven by public health considerations. 

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg urged Americans to respect airline workers as they enforce mask mandates

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg urged Americans to respect airline workers as they enforce mask mandates

Buttigieg said the mask rules for planes, trains and buses remain in place as respect to transportation employees who work in an enclosed area and may not be vaccinated against COVID-19

Buttigieg said the mask rules for planes, trains and buses remain in place as respect to transportation employees who work in an enclosed area and may not be vaccinated against COVID-19

He stressed that customers who use these modes of transportation for travel need to wear masks to respect employees' close-quarter workspace.

'Part of it has to do with the unique conditions of the physical space,' Buttigieg said, explaining the extra COVID-19 precautions for crowded spaces. 'Part of it has to do with the conditions of it being a workplace, and folks who really don't have a choice about being there, the way it is in some other cases.'

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidance earlier in May, which the White House quickly adopted, stating all those who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus no longer have to wear masks indoors and out.

A fully vaccinated individual is defined as someone who received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior.

'These rules and regulations and these bodies of guidance always evolve with the science,' Buttigieg said.

Southwest Airlines is pushing back plans to resume selling alcohol on flights after a recent increase in unruly passengers. The airline planned to start selling booze on some flights next month, but on Friday the airline said it was delaying the move

Southwest Airlines is pushing back plans to resume selling alcohol on flights after a recent increase in unruly passengers. The airline planned to start selling booze on some flights next month, but on Friday the airline said it was delaying the move

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His admonition comes after the Federal Aviation Administration announced last week it was proposing civil penalties as high as $15,000 against five passengers for violations that included allegedly assaulting and yelling at flight attendants.

Southwest Airlines last week also banned a woman accused of punching a flight attendant shortly after a plane from Sacramento, California, landed in San Diego on May 23. The airline said the passenger ignored instructions from the flight attendant before assaulting her. San Diego Harbor Police arrested Vyvianna Quinonez, 28, and charged her with felony battery.

Over the weekend, both Southwest and American Airlines said they would hold off on resuming alcoholic beverage services because of recent incidents of passenger disruption.

The FAA says reports of unruly passenger behavior has been on the rise this year as more travelers return to the skies. According to the agency, from Jan. 1 through May 24, there were roughly 2,500 reports of unruly behavior by passengers, including about 1,900 reports of people refusing to comply with the federal mask mandate.

2 comments:

  1. Who CARES what this buttplugger thinks? MASKS DO NOTHING to stop viruses. NOTHING! 80% of those that got ill WERE WEARING A USELESS MASK! They DO on the other hand CAUSE a host of HEALTH PROBLEMS. Oxygen deprivation, dental problems, BACTERIAL PNEUMONIA and more.

    Its VERY important to understand EPSTEIN GUILTY Trump's ROLE in this so you dont make the SAME MISTAKES or support him as he MAKES MORE! CASES NOT DEATHS! EVENT 201 proves this was all a PLANNED FARCE! Understand that Epstein GUILTY Trumpy is a deep state FAKE like all others before him and gave Gates GAVI group a BILLION to FORCE a DNA ALTERING NOT-a-vaccine on YOU using the MILITARY in a 'powerful way' Gates controlled and funded Fauci AND Birx and they ALL should be EXECUTED. Trump PARTIED WITH Clintons, Gates and EPSTEIN and AS A DEMOCRAT! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pV1U9s3vJ0

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