US domestic travelers must wear masks on airplanes and other forms of public transportation through at least Sept. 13 — regardless of their vaccination status, the TSA said Friday.
“The federal mask requirement throughout the transportation system seeks to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” TSA chief Darby LaJoye 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.”
President Biden on Jan. 21 ordered TSA and other government agencies to take action to require masks in airports and on commercial aircraft, trains and public maritime vessels, including ferries, intercity bus services and all public transportation.
TSA’s mask rule and accompanying civil penalties have been in effect since Feb. 1.
Travelers who violate the mask requirement are subject to fines. John Minchillo/AP
Children under two years old are exempt as are people with certain disabilities. Everyone else is