One of the places where masks are strictly required to be worn is aboard an airplane — from before boarding for the first time prior to a flight through leaving the airplane for the last time — except for while eating or drinking aboard an airplane.
Members of FlyerTalk discuss a controversial decision by a passenger aboard an airplane — who seemed to prioritize seeking media attention over simply sending a message on something which he believes — to keep his mask off while slowly nibbling on nuts and sipping on a beverage during the entirety of a recent domestic flight from Oulu to Helsinki aboard an airplane operated by Finnair. The passenger in question brought the nuts aboard the airplane himself — whereas the beverage was served to him by a flight attendant.
That antic reportedly cost him the privilege of flying as a passenger on airplanes operated by Finnair for six months — he was supposedly warned by a member of the flight crew to wear a mask — and although he was not official arrested, he was met by law enforcement officials at the airport in Helsinki after the airplane landed safely.
“Well, everyone is willing to execute this guy without knowing what really happened.on board”, advised FlyerTalk member OH-LGG. “Relax.”
FlyerTalk member mpkz responded that “Even his own videos explaining the situation make him look like a tool who decided that since Finnair had no specific rule about when you can take your mask off to eat, eating nuts the entire flight is fine. The guy took this version of events public thinking that he would come out looking good. In his videos, you can hear him talking to police who ask him things like ‘many other passengers think you were acting unreasonably, why would they say that if you weren’t?’”
Yes — the passenger actually recorded his explanation pertaining to his experience.
I do not like wearing a mask and try not to wear one whenever possible — but I would not even think of prolonging my eating and drinking aboard an airplane simply to avoid wearing one as long as possible. To me, that is like the employee who works harder to avoid work rather than simply doing the job he or she gets paid. If a private entity requires that I wear I mask, I either usually comply with that restriction or choose to avoid that private entity altogether.
I chose not to directly link the video or the story in this article for the aforementioned reasons. Rather, I am simply curious as to what is the longest acceptable duration of time a mask may be kept off of the face while eating or drinking aboard an airplane.
What do you think?
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