TSA Extends Mask Mandate for Air Travelers
The mask mandate for airline travelers in Louisiana and the rest of the country will not be lifted later this month. The mandate was set to expire on March 18, but the Transportation Security Administration has announced plans to extend the mandate until at least April 18.
The White House says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be working with other federal agencies to develop a comprehensive plan for lifting the mask mandate between now and the April deadline.
This mask mandate for airline travel also includes other public transit including buses and trains. Masks are also required in train stations and in all airports across the nation. This mandate has been extended four times since it was put in place back in January of 2021. But masks were required on many airlines prior to the federal policy. JetBlue put a mask mandate in place in May of 2020 and other airlines followed suit. This latest extension will mean masks have been required for air travelers for nearly two years.