TSA extends transportation mask requirement

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TSA has extended the federal mask mandate for airports, commercial air travel, rail systems and buses.
TSA has extended the federal mask mandate for airports, commercial air travel, rail systems and buses. Photo Credit: Maridav/Shutterstock.com

TSA has extended the federal mask mandate for airports, commercial air travel, rail systems and buses. 

The mandate, which went in effect on Feb. 1 and had been set to expire May 11, now extends through Sept. 13. 

"The federal mask requirement throughout the transportation system seeks to minimize the spread of Covid-19 on public transportation," Darby LaJoye, a senior TSA official, said in a prepared remark last Friday. "Right now, about half of all adults have at least one vaccination shot and masks remain an important tool in defeating this pandemic."

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The U.S. Travel Association, Airports Council International-North America and the Air Line Pilots Association were among the entities that praised the extension.

"Extending the federal mask mandate for travel is the right move and has the travel industry's full support," U.S. Travel executive vice president for public affairs and policy Tori Emerson Barnes said. "The universal wearing of masks in the travel environment is both an effective safeguard against spreading the virus and boosts public confidence in traveling -- both of which are paramount for generating a sustained reopening of the travel economy."

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