by Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D.
“Put your damn mask on” said a guy three seats behind me on a Southwest Airline flight heading to Washington, D.C. to the passenger walking down the aisle. The man’s mask had slid down under his nose as he negotiated his carry-on bag while holding his little daughter’s hand.
I turned around to see who was making such a demand so rudely. Just as I suspected, it was the guy who came aboard sporting a full N95 mask, face shield cover and surgical gloves. Forget for a moment that the father’s mask slipping actually posed zero risk to the hazmat-protected, delusional passenger. Who appointed him a member of the mask police and protector of the well being of all the other passengers? Where did decorum and common courtesy go?
When you cannot see someone’s face, anonymity prevails. It provides the same disrespectful arrogance and brazen nastiness of the social media world.