‘Mask Up’ – TSA extends mask requirement for planes, buses and trains through mid-September

CNBC:

  • The TSA on Friday extended a federal requirement that travelers on buses, trains, commercial flights and at airports wear face masks.
  • The order took effect in February in an effort to limit the spread of Covid-19 and was set to expire on May 11.
  • Travelers over the age of 2 will have to comply though there are exemptions for those with certain disabilities.

Traveling this summer? Don’t forget your mask.

The Transportation Security Administration on Friday extended a federal requirement that travelers on buses, trains, commercial flights and at airports wear face masks. The requirement was set to expire on May 11 and will now be in effect through Sept. 13.

The agency started requiring that people over the age of 2 wear masks during flights, on buses, trains and public transportation in February following an order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are exemptions for some disabilities, the TSA said. Fines for refusing to follow the rules start at $250 and go up to $1,500 for repeated violations.

Airlines have required passengers wear masks for much of the past year as Covid-19 continued to spread but labor unions have pushed the Biden administration for a federal mask mandate to back up cabin crews tasked with enforcing the rules. Carriers have banned more than 2,000 passengers for failing to follow mask requirements.

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