Loyola Students Weigh In On Several Airlines Suspending Mask Requirement

Loyola students share their stance on transportation dropping the mask requirement.

With summer break just around the corner, students who are traveling by air in the near future have varying opinions on several airlines suspending the mask requirement.

After a federal judge in Florida ruled against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) mask mandate for public transit, many airlines including United Airlines and Delta among others, got rid of the mask requirement, The Phoenix reported

Some students are against the decision to no longer require masks on planes. 

Jorry Kleemann, a graduate MBA student, said she has plans to travel to Portugal and Ireland with her family in August through September and is planning to double mask to protect herself now that most people will be mask-free. 

While the decision doesn’t dissuade Kleemann, 30, from traveling by air, she noted her disapproval because it puts the public and herself at risk of catching COVID-19. 

“I am sure me and my family members will be more stressed at the airport and on the airplane,” Kleemann said.

Senior global studies student Chelle Boring is traveling this weekend to visit their parents in Dallas, Texas and said they will also be double-masking on the flight. 

They said they disagree with the decision to not require masks on planes, but are learning to be comfortable with it.

“I think deep down I am [worried] but if I think too long about it, I will get paranoid,” Boring said. “I need to be functioning and not worrying about anything.”

Simran Singh, a senior studying art history, is traveling to Canada in the summer with her mom who is asthematic. Singh said while she is personally comfortable traveling despite airlines dropping the mask requirement, she and her mom will wear masks on the flight to protect her mom.

“I think we are all sick of [masks], but when it comes to everyone’s well-being, I don’t agree with the decision; I think it’s still too soon,” Singh said. 

First-year psychology student Anyssa Garcia, who hasn’t traveled on an airplane since the beginning of the pandemic, said she will try to maintain a distance from other people when she travels in the future because some people aren’t “mindful of not spreading it.” 

“I am not too worried about myself [getting COVID-19 from air travel], but I get worried about catching COVID and giving it to my dad or people who are high-risk because I don’t want to see my loved ones pass away,” Gracia said.  

While some students are opposed to the decision, some students say it’s about time. 

Evelyn Dewey, a senior studying chemistry, isn’t planning on traveling by air anytime soon, but said if she chose to, she wouldn’t feel the need to wear a mask because she’s fully-vaccinated and therefore wouldn’t be worried about co-passengers infecting her.  

Although people who are vaccinated have a lower risk of getting COVID-19, they can still get infected, according to the CDC’s website

Dewey said she doesn’t believe the virus is dangerous anymore.

Even though almost 67 percent of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, the number of national COVID-19 cases are continuing to increase, according to AP news

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