During the current pandemic, the use of face masks has long been a debate.
While most people seem to understand the importance of wearing a mask, there's a growing concern about anti-maskers and this is just one story which shows how defiant they can be.
On a flight earlier this week, one anti-masker actually slapped a flight attendant when they were told they needed a mask for the airline's policies.
Keep scrolling to watch his video.
Over recent months, our lives have changed completely.
via: Getty ImagesA pandemic has taken over.
However, in the past few weeks, little bits of normality have been appearing...
via: Getty ImagesWith things beginning to reopen again.
But whilst things are getting back to normal, we must still take precautions.
via: Getty ImagesThis is very important because we need to stop the spread of the virus.
In fact, some precautions are becoming mandatory in some places.
via: Getty ImagesIncluding here in the US.
In some states, it has become mandatory to wear a face mask on certain occasions.
via: Getty ImagesFor example, in some retail stores like Costco, customers are required to wear one. And not to mention public transport including airlines.
Some people are choosing to wear a face-covering regardless.
via: Getty ImagesTo provide them with peace of mind.
But there are issues with face masks that many people have discovered.
via: Getty ImagesNot only are they in short supply, after most countries in the world are requiring PPE.
Meaning that many people are having to make their own.
via: Getty ImagesBoth for themselves and for essential workers, as they are not being provided with enough.
But the other issue is that many people have discovered how uncomfortable face masks can be.
via: Getty ImagesParticularly when they are worn for a long period of time.
They can also make it hard to breathe whilst wearing.
But obviously there has been an ongoing debate as to if they actually provide enough protection.
via: Getty ImagesThe world seems to be divided on the issue, with lots of people claiming that the masks are in fact only an accessory used to control the masses.
And that's why many are refusing to wear them.
idfwpwdwfm i don’t f**k with people who don’t wear face masks— Cathy Kelley (@Cathy Kelley)1593110345.0
Despite this, health experts have stressed their importance.
via: Getty ImagesHealthline describes them as "crucial in the fight against the pandemic." They stressed that this rule is to protect others and not yourself. Wearing a mask reduces the transmission of the disease by at least half.
Another person to stress their importance is scientist and presenter Bill Nye.
via: Getty ImagesCommonly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, he shared two videos on TikTok that highlight just how important and effective face masks can be.
In the videos, the 64-year-old conducts a simple experiment using several types of facing coverings and a candle.
via: Getty ImagesFor each face-covering, he explains and shows their effectiveness in preventing particles from spreading in the air by blowing on the candle.
In one video, he begins by placing a chunky knit scarf over his mouth and blowing on the lit candle.
via: TikTokUnsurprisingly, it was fairly ineffective and the candle blew out with ease as he explained "it can block the air but only to a certain extent."
He then continued the process with a home-made face mask, made of two pieces of material and a pipe cleaner- a cheaper face-covering solution.
via: TikTokIn the second video, Nye tries it with an N95. Both of these were much more effective, failing to blow out the candle despite several attempts.
This experiment creates a visual explanation for social media users as to how our breath and germs can travel and how face coverings can prevent that.
via: TikTokHe ends the second video saying, "So the reason we want you to wear a mask is to protect you, sure.
But still, many people are flat out refusing.
via: TikTokIncluding this passenger on a recent flight in the USA from Miami to Atlanta.
She slapped a flight attendant.In the video, a concerned passenger can be heard saying:
She’s in her face, oh lord, oh lord.Shortly afterwards the passenger appears to strike the flight attendant across the face.
BBC journalist Suzanne Kianpour captured the footage.
Here’s what happened on our Delta flight from #Miami to #Atlanta tonight after a passenger refused to wear a mask as per policy and then gets into altercation with flight attendant.
People were furious with the passenger.One person suggested they should be banned from the airline, writing:
The TSA needs to permanently ban these people from all flights.
Check out the footage.
Here’s what happened on our @delta flight from #Miami to #Atlanta tonight after a passenger refused to wear a mask… https://t.co/mj3EgMPb7F— Suzanne Kianpour (@Suzanne Kianpour)1603164841.0