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US journey masks mandate to be prolonged by way of mid-January 2022

  • US government extends mask requirement for public transport
  • US travelers are required to wear masks on airplanes, trains, and buses.
  • The TSA’s current mandate for transport masks expires on September 14, 2021.

According to the latest report, the US government plans to extend the mask requirement for travelers on airplanes, trains and buses, as well as at airports and train stations until January 18, 2022.

The US travel mask mandate is to be extended until mid-January 2022

The TSA’s current mandate for transportation masks runs until September 13, 2021 and requires the use of face masks on almost all public transport.

All travelers are required to wear face masks on airplanes, ships, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ridesharing, as well as at transport hubs such as airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations, and seaports.

All major American airlines were notified of the proposed extension in a call today with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a separate call with the aviation unions is scheduled for Wednesday, industry sources say.

The US public transport mask mandate has been the source of numerous problems, particularly on board airlines, where some passengers have refused to wear masks. The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that it has received reports of 2,867 passengers refusing to wear masks since January 1, 2021.

The CDC made a minor change to its rules in June, stating that travelers no longer need to wear masks at outdoor transit hubs and outside areas on ferries and buses.

According to CDC officials, the mandates for transit masks have been shown to be effective in addressing existing COVID-19 risks.

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