By christophersaul on May 03, 2009
Several people on my flight to Paris today were wearing those surgical mask thingies, presumably as a precaution against swine flu.
I find this sort of thing spectacularly irritating. The masks don't really do much. At best, they might provide some sort of psychological comfort to the wearer. They give me the heebie jeebies when I see people wearing them. I find it toe-curlingly pretentious.
Two of the people wearing them today were obese, with cigarette packs in their shirt pockets. It strikes me that they have more to worry about in terms of protecting their general good health. They also had to take the masks off when burbling into their mobile phones, rendering the entire exercise utterly pointless.