Consider this an anecdote from my recent Houston trip. While returning the ASM meeting (and how about next year we not hold it in states where those are pregnant can’t attend safely and also not over a federal holiday and Father’s Day?), I realized that it had been an exhausting couple of weeks, and since I’m not spending a ton of money on indoor dining or travel (none akshually), I upgraded to first class*.
That gave me an opportunity to see who was masking. I think only about ten out of 180 (or slightly more) in economy class were masking, while among those of us in the Olympus of first class**, five out of twelve were masked, with four of us wearing N95s.
Just like #DavosSafe, maybe we need a new hashtag #FirstClassSafe?
Seriously, if there is a place you should wear a mask, it’s a plane. That said, it does seem, compared to Canada or the UK, that the prevalence of COVID is low and steady right now, so I doubt there was any transmission on the plane.
*Between free luggage and a low upgrade fee, it really wasn’t expensive at all.
**Given how shitty air travel is compared to a couple of decades ago, it’s all cattle class by comparison.