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Buttigieg confronted on science of face mask mandates on airplanes—it’s a ‘matter of respect’

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg admitted Sunday that continued face mask requirements on public transportation under the jurisdiction of federal regulators is a “matter of respect” — not science.

Just last month, the Transportation Security Administration extended face mask requirements “across all transportation networks throughout the United States, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems through September 13.”

The requirement went into effect on Feb. 1, less than two weeks after President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

What did Buttigieg say?

Despite proponents of pandemic-related restrictions arguing protective measures are necessary because science supports them, Buttigieg said Sunday that continued restrictions on transportation is not a matter of science at all.