What is the efficacy of wearing a cloth mask (which studies say is useless) for a fully vaccinated and boosted airline traveler?
“The statistics I recall is that 99.97% of airborne pathogens are captured by the [high-efficiency particulate air] filtering system, and it’s turned over every two or three minutes,” Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said during Senate testimony. “I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin environment. It’s very safe, and very high quality compared to any other indoor setting.”
What’s more, the mask mandates do not differentiate between cloth masks, which are basically useless, and N-95 masks, which can offer wearers some degree of protection from COVID-19. So, the travel mask mandate was always more about “doing something” and signaling political conformity than about “following the science.”