MURDOCK: Ground the Federal Airline Mask Mandate

Flyers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport wearing facemasks on March 6th, 2020 as the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads throughout the United States via Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK — Neal K. Carter, Esq. returned home on Sunday. He lives in Queen Creek, Arizona — about 37 miles from Phoenix, as the Gila monster crawls. Carter visited Springfield, Illinois. And he did not travel the 1,550 miles between PHX and SPI by air. Instead, he went there and back last week by car

“I can’t fly, because I refuse to wear masks,” Carter says. “So, I drove.” 

Carter, an old friend of mine, an attorney, and a once-and-future Republican candidate for the Arizona State House of Representatives, calls himself “a mask absolutist.” He explains: 

Neal K. Carter, Esq.

“Regarding masks, there are only two options: They work. So, if you’re wearing one, who cares if I do? Or, they don’t. So, why make me wear one?!”   

“The whole thing just drives me crazy,” Carter says. “We’re living in a nightmare. It’s all about conditioning people to follow federal rules in the most intimate details of their lives, such as what we wear. I never thought I would see the United States mandate the wearing of an article of clothing, like the Arabs mandate the burka!”  

Carter’s frustration is thoroughly understandable given the airlines’ efforts to convince passengers that every jet cabin is as pristine as a pharmaceutical factory’s clean room – outflowing air pressure and all. 

United Airlines (UA) launched United CleanPlus, a joint venture to Make Flying Hygienic Again. 

“We’ve teamed up with Clorox to redefine our cleaning and disinfection procedures and Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing our cleaning and disinfection protocols,” reads the Chicago-based carrier’s dedicated website. So, under hospital-grade medical supervision, United and Clorox essentially are bleaching passenger cabins between flights.   

Clorox kills COVID ! 

United Airlines touts its aircraft-cleaning procedures via a Los Angeles International Airport information screen. Photo: Deroy Murdock

UA, with which I have flown 1.2 million miles in reliable comfort, brags that their state-of-the-art HEPA filters circulate air vertically, rather than horizontally, to keep microbes from reaching across the aisle. 

“To make it safer for everyone on board, the downward airflow, from ceiling to floor, minimizes the particles spread between rows,” a UA video explains.  

Very clever. 

Even better, UA boasts that its cutting-edge ventilation system removes 99.97 percent of microbes from the air — including COVID-19. Moreover, each plane’s atmosphere is refreshed completely every two to three minutes. “More frequent than standard buildings,” UA states via YouTube. The airline also uses electrostatic sprayers and ultraviolet C lights to sanitize its airborne seats, surfaces, and equipment. 

Thus, every day, under doctors’ oversight, UA deploys Clorox, vertical ventilation, UV rays, and high-tech filters that constantly purify the air — damn-near 100 percent. 

Therefore, wear a mask! 


Which is it? 

Some passengers escape this pointless micro-tyranny through “active eating” — one of this pandemic’s ugliest disfigurements of the English language. Relentlessly snacking, like a grazing Guernsey, avoids the absurd spectacle of masking one’s mouth “between sips and bites” as in-flight announcements repeatedly and gratingly demand, from departure to arrival. Isn’t touching one’s face something to avoid until COVID vanishes? 

Masks also are increasingly insidious and imbecilic on the ground. 

A Justice Department official appeared in a video that circulated widely on Monday. Moments before addressing a press conference, he stood just outside the view of news cameras – or so he thought. He was recorded strapping on his mask. He then approached the podium and removed the same covering that he had donned over his face just seconds earlier! His mask was not a medical device. It was a show-biz prop. 

Like tens of millions of Americans, Neal K. Carter has had it with mask theater, backed by the mailed fist of government. 

“It doesn’t work to comply and take advantage of loopholes like eating bite-sized snacks on planes or asserting religious exemptions,” Carter says. “Those approaches play by their rules and let the mandate stand. We need to confront it head-on and defeat it. Gather strong men around you, men who resist government overreach and refuse to comply. This is the only way.”

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

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Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

    1. The mask mandate is just a political ploy to see just how far they can push the country. If enough people stand to gather and revolt against it, we’ll see just how far they will go to enforce their mandate.

  1. If we would all refuse to wear a mask, what will they do? WE ARE THE PEOPLE of which this government is comprised — Government OF the people. BY the people and FOR the people. Even in its bloated state, we outnumber “the government” and they would be hard pressed to jail us all. Let us join together and refuse to wear a mask or to “socially distance,” both of which are silly and injurious to our society. Let’s grow up and who them who’s boss.

    1. The only thing government responds to is FORCE.That I mean is RESISTANCE to their FORCE.RESISTENCE is a form of FORCE,so is verbal OPINIONS,so are PROTESTS,so are STRONGLY WORDED letters or e-mails directed at officials.But people have to do it and not let up.Most politicians just don’t CARE once elected,just look at who’s in power now.DO YOU REALLY THINK THEY CARE?Believe me they would care if they lost an election,so make sure they do.And once their gone don’t let them “weasel” their way back in.You all know who they are,SEND THEM PACKING.


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