Yesterday, JetBlue announced that it would require passengers to wear face masks throughout their journey including check-in, boarding, while in fight and deplaning:
Many travel blogs and websites reported on this. I didn’t think it was particularly newsworthy because I thought that wearing a face mask on a plane was practically a given. Now, other airlines will likely follow suit. Yes, there are ongoing debates concerning the efficacy of face masks, but personally, living in New York, this new inconvenience makes sense and puts me somewhat at ease. I might be more willing to fly on an airline that requires passengers to wear protective face coverings than one that doesn’t.
But, here’s a question. What if you want to eat food or drink beverages while on that flight when you are wearing a face mask?
For beverages, I predict the return of the popularity of straws. Or how about a new invention: a mask with a straw built into it? Using a straw would have it’s limitations – It would be rough for drinking hot beverages. And what about those olives in your martini and cherries in your manhattan? I don’t think they fit in straws.
For food, the task is even more perplexing. Take a look at this little girl trying to eat a biscuit with a face mask on.
I guess you could take off the mask temporarily while eating, but then you’d need to be careful to not contaminate it by your handling of it. Perhaps, at mealtime, everyone should wear a veil, a bandana or a silk scarf over their mouth under which they could eat a sandwich?
Or how about one of those mesh contraptions that are worn as bug repellents such as this one?
That might keep the mosquitoes away, but I doubt it would protect against germs floating around in a plane. But who knows what they’ll invent next.
This post is somewhat in gest, but honestly, there are a lot of questions about air travel in the time of the covid-19 pandemic (like . . . is the air okay?). What are your thoughts?