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Airline CEOs urge President Biden to end carry mask mandate and testing requirements for international travelers


WASHINGTON — The CEOs of 10 airlines and cargo carriers have signed a letter to President Joe Biden saying he should end the transportation mask mandate and testing requirements for international travelers.

In a new letter, industry group Airlines for America wrote, “Now is the time for the administration to remove federal restrictions on carrier travel – including the requirement for international testing prior to departure and the federal mandate to mask – which are no longer aligned with the realities of the current epidemiological environment.”

The CEOs of Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Atlas Air Worldwide, Delta Air Lines, FedEx Express, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and UPS Airlines signed the letter.

Earlier this month, the White House moved the end of the transport mask mandate to April 18. The White House said relevant government agencies would consult with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to find out if the warrant could expire early and under what circumstances it could be brought back.

The letter comes after CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Wednesday that Omicron’s BA.2 subvariant does not appear to cause more severe Covid-19, but is more transmissible than the strain. of origin.

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