US Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg appeared on CNN with host Jake Tapper on Sunday and said mask requirements on public transportation isn’t about science but is rather an act of "respect."
"It’s Memorial Day weekend. Thirty-seven million Americans are expected to travel this weekend," said CNN’s Jake Tapper, mentioning the updated CDC guidelines which states vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks both indoors and outdoors.
"The Biden administration says you will always follow the science. What science is there that says that a fully vaccinated person needs to wear a mask on a plane or a train or a bus?" Tapper asked US Transportation Secretary Buttigieg.
"So the public health guidance is a little bit different for situations like planes and trains," Buttigieg replied. "Bottom line is, we have a set of rules in place to keep people safe, and I really hope that travelers will respect flight attendants, bus operators, workers. Anybody who is simply doing their job to keep people safe."
Buttigieg, the former Democrat presidential candidate said wearing masks shows a sign of respect towards those working in the travel and transportation industry that have continued working tirelessly throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
"Let’s do it in a way we can be proud of and show respect for all of those workers who are getting us to where we need to be."