What about the 6 foot rule. You don’t have 6 feet from aisle to window or aisle to aisle if you keep the middle seat open. The virus didn’t arbitrarily decided 6 feet but that has been the deemed distance except on a plane.
A mask and distance can not guarantee your safety. They are aides to that safe feeling. It isn’t a guarantee, nor is a vaccine! We get flu shots and yet people still get the flu.
The hubris of this over the child is on par with misunderstanding that a mask is the only thing you need to stay virus free.
Social distance is not possible on a plane. You are taking a risk to travel. If you want zero risk don’t leave home.
This. I couldn't agree more, and that's also omitting that during drink/snack services everyone takes their masks off (at the same time too) to drink and eat.(Yes, I know some carriers went to just water. People still take masks off to drink it.) Does the virus just decide that it won't infect people at that time? Of course not- but it's important for WN to make everyone *feel* like something is being done so the hysterical masses feel safe flying them. That's why they're being so strict.
It’s about reducing the risk for transmission. 3 feet apart is better than 12inches apart. Everyone wearing a face mask reduces the transmission compared to not. It’s actually pretty ____________ simple you understand.
If you don’t like the methods of a particular business, then don’t do business with said business. So many “snowflakes” over non-governmental entities requiring people to wear face masks.
I don't recall saying anything about disagreeing with WN. Really what I was trying to point out is that if you're *really* that concerned about the virus, you should probably stay home. WN, of course, *really really* does NOT want people to stay home. I almost think they're making an example out of this particular case to show that they're serious about the masks, and therefore appease the segment of the population that's completely paralyzed with fear over this disease and actually derives comfort from hearing that they're spraying planes and blocking middle seats.
As far as the effectiveness of the aforementioned onboard procedures go, if they float the public's boat and make folks feel better, great. If everyone is taking their masks off to eat and drink, it's pretty much negating wearing a mask the rest of the flight. As mcdu said, it's not really *practically* possible to socially distance aboard an aircraft. Sure 3 feet is better than 12 inches, but it's still not nearly enough if you're *actually* trying to avoid the virus. (It's also worth mentioning that if someone is sitting in front of you, they're closer to you than the person sitting next to you across the blocked middle seat, yet nobody has an issue with that.)
If WN's goal was to actually avoid spreading the virus, they would limit load factors to 33% (window seats only- definitely more than 6' apart at that point) ,not serve drinks and snacks, and board the aircraft one by one- or maybe just shut down entirely and tell people to avoid flying. Of course neither one of these courses of action are reasonable from an air carrier's point of view. The airlines have figured out that the sweet spot of doing business during this pandemic lies in *appearing* to be doing something about the virus. This way, you're making the nervous crowd feel okay about flying, while still allowing the people who aren't afraid to give you their money as well.
As for the bit about "snowflakes" , It seems that most folks-myself included- are perfectly willing to buckle down and wear a mask in public (temporarily- hearing the phrase "new normal" is admittedly frustrating, but that's not relevant) if it helps avoid mass hysteria leading to another lockdown and further decimation of people's livelihoods. That doesn't mean that they're happy about it, or that doing so won't create rather complex social issues- such as the one this thread was created to explore.
I'm a huge WN fan. This situation seems like a classic case of "damned if you do, damned if you don't". If I was a behavioral scientist, I would be absolutely salivating at seeing the effects this pandemic has had on the public based on the level of outrage at events like these. Not wearing a mask has really been villified.