I imagine this must be true for you, but it is not for many others. I'm not particularly worried about COVID personally. I also don a mask when I go into stores/restaurants/etc because I would be kicked out if I didn't. I don't actually view it as a "symbol" of anything, just a thing that businesses require at the moment to mitigate risk (or more probably to just make customers feel more comfortable) as best we can while keeping places open. I personally don't really care either way and I don't think a lot of them are particularly effective (i.e. improper wear or your run-of-the-mill cloth chin diaper), but I also would like to go buy stuff I need. I also spent a large part of my young adult life routinely spending 2-8 hours at a time flying while on an oxygen mask, so I guess I don't really notice the injustice.Masks are not the villain. They are a symbol of fear. They are indicative of a population that is afraid to live a normal life.
For what it is worth, I agree with you that things WRT airlines won't go back to normal until society does. Which probably means until masks aren't a thing.