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I understand why the CDC recommends wearing a mask when out in public. I get it, and I support it. This isn’t a political issue for me.
Starting today, most U.S. airlines require that passengers wear a mask. Considering the close proximity of passengers and the apparent lack of blocking the middle seat, requiring masks is the right decision.
But I have a confession: I dread wearing a mask on my next flight. Why? I’m slightly claustrophobic, and wearing a mask makes me feel like I’m suffocating.
I’ve worn a mask a few times while grocery shopping. One trip was 45 minutes, and I was wearing a paper-type surgical mask purchased in Wal-Mart. By the time I was checking out, I could barely stand to be in the store. I felt like I was burning up and couldn’t breathe.
I tried a shorter trip with a cloth mask, but I had the same results. I couldn’t wait to get out of the store.
So, if I can’t handle a mask on a short store trip, how can I handle it on a flight?
I’m Not Giving Up Flying
All of our family trips this summer and fall have turned into road trips to alternative locations. So, I really don’t have to worry about it in the near future.
We do have plans to fly early next year. My hope is that the virus has disappeared by then, and there is no longer the requirement to wear a mask in public or on planes.
But, if that’s not the case, I will figure out how to get comfortable in a mask for flying. Because as much as I love Texas, I’ve already seen most of the state, and I dislike road trips.
I’m not asking to be an exception to the rule. I need to keep looking for a more comfortable, thinner mask. And in addition, I need to wear it more often so that I can get used to the feeling of my face being covered.
Does anyone else have this problem with masks? Does the thought of wearing a mask for a few hours on a plane fill you with dread? Have you found a mask that is more comfortable and less claustrophobic?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.