Buttigieg: Masks Needed for Airplanes NOT Correspondents’ Dinner

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is mixed up about “the science” of masks.

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Confronted with why he and President Biden are attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner with Washington’s elites this Saturday while the administration contests the lifting of the airline mask mandate in court, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg showed he’s not up to speed on COVID-19 science.

Fox News anchor Bret Baier posed the question in an interview Wednesday evening on his Fox News show “Special Report.”

“Most of us understand the difference between a hotel ballroom and an airplane,” Buttigieg replied.

However, as Hot Air blogger Allahpundit pointed out, “the difference between a crowded ballroom and a crowded airplane is that the airplane is certainly safer.”

The blogger pointed out that Buttigieg could have emphasized that the prestigious guests at the dinner Saturday night will be required to show proof of a negative COVID test taken that day. But those tests are not 100% accurate.

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Airliners, however, while not requiring a COVID test, have been shown through numerous studies to be among the safest environments, with very low risk of spreading disease.

About 25% to 30% of the cabin air is recycled through a HEPA filter, and the rest is expelled every couple of minutes, meaning the cabin has new air every two to five minutes.

Dr. David Freedman, an infectious disease doctor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as Allahpundit pointed out, affirmed the superior features of airliner cabins in an interview with the New York Times.

“The air circulation on a plane is better than in an office building, better than your apartment because the air is changed more times per hour – most planes change several times per hour, plus it’s filtered, which isn’t the case in your office or apartment,” Freedman said. Continue reading at WND.

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