Flying for spring break? Here’s what to know about TSA airport mask requirements – NBC Chicago

As the spring break season kicks off and travelers go on getaways, questions have surfaced about the country’s public transport mask mandate, including how long it will stay in place, despite a dramatic drop in COVID measures. -19 nationwide.

Citing a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration announced the extension of its mask requirement on public transportation for one month, until April 18.

As part of the mandate, face coverings will continue to be mandatory on buses, trains and planes as well as in transportation facilities.

A day before the announcement, the TSA assured flyers that it was ready for an increase in spring break travel volume, also noting “we see light at the end of the tunnel, as evidenced by the rapid recovery of travel industry”.

In a press release, the agency listed travel tips for the “quickest and most efficient” checkpoint experience, which includes meeting the mask requirement.

According to the TSA, during the one-month extension period, the CDC will “work with government agencies to help inform a revised policy framework outlining when, and under what circumstances, masks should be mandatory…”

The mask requirement remained in place even after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a change in COVID-19 guidelines late last month, saying most Americans are safe without masks indoors. interior.

Last Thursday, the CDC said more than 98% of Americans can safely remove face coverings indoors because they reside in areas considered low COVID transmission.

Following the TSA’s announcement to extend the transportation mask mandate, the US Travel Association called on the Biden administration to “urgently” send a “clear message” that it is safe to travel again, in especially for vaccinated people.

“The travel industry continues to face a slow economic recovery, even with improving U.S. public health metrics and medical advancements, particularly in the business and international travel segments,” said CEO Roger Dow in a press release.

The agency also asked the Biden administration to “help normalize travel conditions” by repealing both the mask mandate and pre-departure testing requirements for vaccinated international air travelers.

NBC Chicago

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