A lot of places have loosened restrictions on masks — but not planes, trains, or buses.
In March, TSA extended mask mandates for transit until April 18, per CDC recommendations. But as the new expiration date approaches, there’s been some turbulence.
Is it really ending?
On the “Today” show, White House covid response coordinator Dr. Ashish K. Jha said the CDC was developing a “scientific framework” for masks on transit, and that an extension is “absolutely on the table.”
Airline execs really want the mandate to end
On March 23, several sent a letter to the White House arguing that extended mandates make “no sense” when people are unmasked in restaurants and schools.
Plus, crews are tired of enforcing it. Of all 5.9k+ unruly passenger reports in 2021, ~72% involved masks, per the FAA.