Face covering enforcement practices on Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways were discussed on Wednesday afternoon during a cable television roundtable show. While Delta earned high praise from one of the program’s panelists, another claimed one of the airline’s flight attendants behaved like “a complete prison guard.”
“… Airlines Aren’t Taking Masks That Seriously Anymore”
During Wednesday’s installment of Fox News’ The Five, the show’s panelists took up the issue of wearing face coverings on airplanes.
The topic arose during a discussion about mask mandates in general.
“Even the airlines aren’t taking masks that seriously anymore,” said co-host Jesse Watters. He then recounted a trip he and his wife took to Ft. Myers this past weekend. (Mr. Watters says he doesn’t put a face mask on until someone tells him.) In this instance, he eventually put on his mask when he boarded his flight and was asked to. (Coincidentally, this discussion occurred right around the time Delta announced that its CEO, Ed Bastian, and several of his counterparts sent a letter to the Biden administration asking the Feds to remove mandates such as mask-wearing.)
He detailed his practice that seems to be the old Nibble-on-Food-and-Enjoy-Your-Beverage-for-a-Long-Time-So-You-Don’t-Have-to-Put-Your-Mask-Back-Up trick. You know it, you’ve seen it, you’ve maybe even practiced it. (I might be guilty.)
For his return trip, Mr. Watters said he wore his mask while entering the Delta Sky Club (in Ft. Myers?) because he wanted “to make a good impression.” But then he seemed to ditch it before boarding his JetBlue flight. (Quick aside: this leads me to believe he’s a legacy Delta Sky Club Lifetime Member and can use the lounges, regardless of what airline he flies that day. But there’s no Sky Club in RSW, right? Maybe he briefly flashed back to visiting the Sky Club club at JFK? Or he misremembered. Or did he employ the Never-Let-the-Truth-Stand-in-the-Way-of-a-Good-Story practice?)
The conversation turned to who’s better about mask enforcement: Delta or JetBlue?
But in this case, “better” means “who doesn’t enforce mask policy”?
Former New York state judge and The Five co-host Jeanine Pirro agreed with Mr. Watters and said JetBlue is more “persnickety” about telling passengers to wear face coverings. But she said Delta is “wonderful” — meaning they don’t seem to enforce the rules very much.
“I disagree,” co-host Greg Gutfeld interjected. “Delta — I had a flight attendant who was a complete prison guard.” (“A prison guard?” Ms. Pirro repeated to him. I heard some condescension in her voice.)
Now, I’ve been on Delta flights where flight attendants were strict about telling people to wear their face coverings over their noses. For the most part, the flight attendants were firm but fairly pleasant. Only once were flight attendants seemingly on some sort of a power trip.
I’ll take a wild guess and say Mr. Gutfeld was exaggerating. He’s a professional entertainer. But he sure seemed bitter — presumably about having to wear his mask. Much as we may not like (I sure don’t), those are the rules for now. Flight attendants do have access to things like handcuffs and/or other restraints. So, if Mr. Gutfeld insists (one way or another), he probably could get tied up and receive the prison guard treatment from a flight attendant. (Though it’s probably more discreet to, ahem, hire a professional for such activities.)
If you want to watch the exchanges, visit this page or watch the embedded video below. The specific conversation takes place from about the 0:28 mark to around 2:30.
In the meantime, congratulations to Delta and its (dubious) honors from the folks at The Five?
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