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Calgary doctor files human rights complaint over changes to mask rules on airplanes

Passengers wear masks at the Calgary Airport in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. A family doctor in Calgary has filed a human rights complaint about the federal government's decision to no longer require masks on airplanes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

A family doctor in Calgary has filed a human rights complaint over Ottawa’s decision to no longer require masks on airplanes to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The federal government has announced the end of mandatory vaccination, quarantine and masks on planes and trains starting this Saturday.

Dr. David Keegan, who has a cardiopulmonary condition, says he was quite concerned when he heard the announcement and immediately filed his complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

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He says airplanes hold a lot of people in a small space and there can be COVID-19 transmission even with everyone masking.

Keegan says he will still wear a mask to protect himself, but notes masking works best to prevent transmission when everyone is wearing one.

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The Public Health Agency of Canada still strongly recommends that people wear masks, particularly in crowded environments such as planes and trains.

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