Major US airlines, including Delta and United, introduced mask requirements on Monday after Federal judge dismisses Biden administration’s mandate to wear masksgiving customers and employees the first break from coronavirus restrictions in nearly two years.
After U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle of Florida ruled the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s authorization of travel masks unlawful, the White House said the order to wear masks on public transport CDC’s plus is no longer valid. It said the Transportation Security Administration would not enforce the rule on public transit and transit hubs while the ruling was reviewed.
The CDC’s mask regulation was enacted in February 2021 and was most recently extended to May 3. However, airlines have had their own requirements for nearly two years.
The recovery on the mask was met with a bursts of cheers and applause on a Delta flight from New York City to San Francisco when it was announced via the intercom, with an interested customer shouting “Finally!”
According to Federal Aviation Administration data.
Employees and customers “can continue to wear masks if they wish,” according to a new Delta Airlines policy announced Monday night.
“We are pleased to see the US mask ban lifted to facilitate global travel as Covid-19 has transformed into a common seasonal virus,” the company said. ,” the company said in a declare. “Thank you for your support in complying with federal mask regulations and keeping each other and our customers safe during this pandemic.”
United speak“No longer need to wear masks on domestic flights, select international flights (depending on destination country requirements) or at US airports.”
Alaska Airlines said that “guests and employees have the option to wear masks while traveling in the US and at work.”
“While we love seeing your smiling face in airports and on planes, we respect your decision to continue using this extra layer of protection,” the company said in a statement. declare. “Above all, we hope you will treat each other with kindness and respect throughout your journey and beyond.”
The airline addressed the topic of passengers being barred from leaving the country when the federal mask policy went into effect. “Based on our reports, we will have some guests with particularly egregious behavior that will remain banned, even after the mask policy is rescinded,” it said.
JetBlue speak “Wearing masks will now be optional,” and customers and crew are welcome to continue wearing them.
Those traveling internationally “should always carry a mask in case they continue to be required at destination,” it said.
“Masks will no longer be required for our customers and team members at US airports and on domestic flights,” American Airlines said. announcedNote that masks may still be required based on local regulations and may differ when traveling to and from some international locations.
“In keeping with our commitment to creating a welcoming environment for everyone traveling with us, customers and team members can choose to continue wearing masks as they please.”
Southwest said staff and customers “will be able to choose whether or not they want to wear masks on board,” adding, “We encourage individuals to make the best decisions to support their personal well-being .”
Southwest notes that it will continue to support travelers “by providing additional layers of protection” including cabin ventilation with HEPA air filters.
“Masks are now optional on domestic flights, however, certain airports or countries may still require masks, so check the policy at your destination before departing. and we will meet you in the sky”, Frontier airlines tweeted.
Mixed response at the airport, ground system
While the skies will see more flexible masking rules, on the ground some rail and bus systems will not.
New York City’s MTA system will hold masks in accordance with state regulations, as will Chicago’s CTA systems, Bay Area’s BART, and Los Angeles’ LA Metro.
However, in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy said Tuesday morning masks will not be required on NJ Transit. Washington DC Public Transportation Authority WMATA also moved to make the mask optional with immediate effect on Monday night.
Amtrak said passengers and staff are no longer required to wear masks on trains or in stations.
Philadelphia International Airport said masks still have to wear inside airport terminals comply with the governor’s indoor mask requirement. San Francisco International Airport speak they are awaiting further instructions from the TSA on Monday and will continue to wear masks in the meantime.