Planning to fly soon? You're still going to need that mask

Plane passenger attendant mask covid corona [Credit: Hananeko_Studio/]
Mandates remain in place for fully vaccinated flyers to wear masks while onboard aircraft and in airports. Photo Credit: Hananeko_Studio/

The federal government will continue to require vaccinated individuals to wear a mask while traveling despite new CDC guidance that says those who are fully vaccinated can resume normal activities in other indoor and outdoor settings without a mask and without maintaining social distance.

"You will still be required to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations," the new guidance states. "Fully vaccinated international travelers arriving in the United States are still required to get tested within three days of their flight (or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past three months) and should still get tested three to five days after their trip."

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Early this month, the TSA extended the mask mandate for airports, commercial air travel, rail systems and buses through Sept. 13. It had been set expire on May 11.

The new, more relaxed, CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals in other settings does not supersede local restrictions. The CDC is also still calling for unvaccinated people to wear masks and socially distance.

President Joe Biden said Thursday that he hopes the revised CDC guidance will motivate vaccine holdouts to get shots.


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