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DeFazio Pushes FAA To Require Masks On Airplanes

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio says the Federal Aviation Administration should require masks on airplanes. The Springfield Democrat chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, and is pushing for the rule. 

After voting for the latest Coronavirus relief package last week, DeFazio flew home from Washington D.C. in coach, as is his custom.

“It wasn’t great. The planes weren’t very crowded but a lot of people weren’t wearing masks. The flight attendants, two of them weren’t wearing masks, and two were wearing masks, but then they all got together in the front galley to chat and took their masks down, so they weren’t observing social distancing.”

DeFazio points out that droplets containing the covid-19 virus can linger for hours after a cough or sneeze, or speech, and even a handmade mask can prevent those droplets from being released. DeFazio says airlines cannot do business as usual during the pandemic. He says the FAA has the authority to require masks at airports and on planes, but they’re leaving it up to airlines to make the rules. 

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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