Members of the legacy media were seen maskless on Pope Francis’ plane while Canadians continue to be subjected to the Trudeau government’s air travel mask mandate.
The federal government’s website states that “all passengers must wear a mask throughout their entire journey except for brief periods while eating, drinking, or taking oral medication, or unless otherwise exempt.”
The feds say the rules apply to flights to, from and within Canada.
However, photos shared by the legacy media suggest the mask mandate was not applied on the Pope’s plane.
CTV News shared a photo of its Winnipeg Bureau Chief Jill Macyshon in flight maskless with the Pope and other maskless individuals.
Macyshon did not respond to True North’s request for comment in time for publication.
Pope Francis was also seen maskless on board.
The photos resulted in backlash on social media, with users highlighting a double standard when it comes to mask mandates.
Rebel News founder Ezra Levant tweeted that “if you don’t wear a mask on a plane, you could be arrested, fined and even banned from flying. But Canada’s journalists — who are the loudest lobby group for masks and lockdowns — don’t wear masks on their media flights. Because rules are for the little people.”
True North reached out to the Press Office Of The Holy See to ask if the Papal flights were not subjected to Canada’s mask rules. They did not respond in time for publication.
It should be noted that the operator of the Pope’s plane, ITA airways, does not require masks on board its flights – like many European airlines.
Some on social media also pointed out how a group of Montreal social media influencers were brutally treated after partying maskless on a chartered Sunwing plane in December 2021.
According to the Canadian Press, the influencers received a total of 42 tickets worth $59,500. 24 of those tickets were for mask mandate violations.
The influencers were also condemned by several Canadian politicians, including transport minister Omar Alghabra and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“We know how hard people have worked to keep themselves safe,” said Trudeau in January.
“It’s a slap in the face to see people putting themselves, putting their fellow citizens, putting airline workers at risk by being completely irresponsible.”
Pope Francis was in Canada from July 24 to 29, with the trip being focused on reconciliation and apologizing for the Catholic Church’s involvement in the residential schools system.