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How Long Will Masks Be Required on Airplanes?

How Long Will Masks Be Required on Airplanes?

Home > Travel inspiration > Tips + News > Air Travel Courtesy of Delta Air Lines Travelers have been masking up on airplanes for nearly…

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Home > Travel inspiration > Tips + News > Air Travel Courtesy of Delta Air Lines Travelers have been masking up on airplanes for nearly two years. How much longer?

The CDC has relaxed its masks recommendations, but masks are still required on airplanes and in airports until at least April 18. What happens after that?

After the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eased its indoor mask guidance last month, the move immediately sparked questions and debates about whether the federal transportation mask mandate, coming up for renewal on March 18, would and should be eased as well.

On March 10, the TSA announced that it has extended the federal transportation mask mandate one additional month to April 18.

“During that time, CDC will work with government agencies to help inform a revised policy framework for when, and under what circumstances, masks should be required in the public transportation corridor,” TSA said in a statement—hinting at the possibility that the mask restrictions will, in fact, be eased or at least adjusted after April 18.

TSA said the revised framework will be based on COVID-19 community levels, risk of new variants, national data, and the latest science.

“We want to give people a break from things like mask wearing when our levels are low and then have the ability to reach for them again, should things get worse in the future,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a February 25 media briefing addressing the new CDC indoor mask guidance. But, when asked […]

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