Hooray, Hooray followed by a long applause and shouts of Joy!!!! This is what we heard from fellow passengers when the captain of our recent Southwest flight on layover from Houston to Ft. Lauderdale announced over the PA system the breaking news that Southwest airlines like other airlines was now making masking optional onboard their aircraft due to the recent ruling from a Federal Judge blocking the CDC's mask mandate.
Immediately, my wife and I along with 80% of the flight crew and passengers tore our masks off and enjoyed breathing freely while giving fellow passengers high fives. After two long years it was an incredible feeling to fly unencumbered without a mask and make personal connections again with fellow travelers just by trading smiles and expressions. It was also amazing to see some of the emotional reactions of the flight crew who have had to wear masks and strictly enforce this policy on others for two years.
While I have traveled a lot during COVID lifting the mask mandate when flying was a huge relief and great weight lifted for me as a frequent traveler. I am uncomfortable wearing masks and have purposely avoided visiting large cities, museums, shows, events, tours and attractions where masks are mandated. Instead, my travels have been mainly to national parks, beaches, mountains and visiting family where it is easy to social distance by being outside. I respect everyone’s choice to wear a mask depending on their risk aversion and health situation but am excited that health mandates are easing making travel much easier, comfortable, and enjoyable again.
Our world is changing quickly so if you feel comfortable, jump onboard, and take this opportunity to reconnect, make new memories, friends and enjoy amazing experiences while visiting iconic destinations before things change again.
Wishing you save travels and grand adventures always.
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