The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the face mask requirement that was set to expire in mid-May for several more months, citing the need for travelers to continue minimizing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Under the TSA’s face mask requirement, travelers over the age of two will be required to wear face masks at airports, on board airplanes, on over-the-road buses, commuter buses and rail systems, the department announced Friday afternoon.
“The federal mask requirement throughout the transportation system seeks to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” Darby LaJoye, a senior TSA official, said in a statement. “Right now, about half of all adults have at least one vaccination shot and masks remain an important tool in defeating this pandemic. We will continue to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to evaluate the need for these directives and recognize the significant level of compliance thus far.”
The TSA also posted a video, featuring