Extended Mask Mandate for Plane Travel

  • How long the mask mandate is expected to be extended until
  • What the Center of Disease Control thinks of the Delta Virus and mask mandate extension

People who plan to travel by airplane, trains, buses and in airports should be prepared to continue to wear masks all the way until early 2022. The TSA has extended its travel mask mandate through January 18 in order to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus on public transportation. As the Delta variant of COVID becomes more deadly, masks are here to stay for a while.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Tuesday “The emerging evidence about the Delta variant demonstrates it is more formidable than the original virus, wearing a well-fitting mask that covers your nose and mouth is a way to prevent germs from spreading between yourself and other people.” The current rules include fines for people who decide not to comply and exempts travelers under the age of 2 and those with certain disabilities.

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, released a statement Tuesday saying the extended mask mandate would help keep passengers and aviation workers safe, especially amid the surge in COVID-19 cases saying “ “We have a responsibility in aviation to keep everyone safe and do our part to end the pandemic, rather than aid the continuation of it, we all look forward to the day masks are no longer required but we’re not there yet.”

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