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A major milestone in the coronavirus pandemic was reached on Monday when the Biden administration’s policy of requiring masks on public transportation was deemed “unlawful” by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle for the Central District of Florida. .
Effective immediately, mask requirements on planes, trains, buses, etc. they were removed for the first time since the CDC established the federal mandate in February 2021.
He also clarified that the TSA will not enforce mask policies at airports and on airplanes.
This is what it means to move forward.
The airlines have released separate statements on how they will handle the new decision.
Even though the federal mandate has been lifted, airlines and independent businesses can still make mask-wearing policies mandatory for travelers if they choose.
Delta Airlines has decided that masks will be optional for all employees, crew members and travelers at airports and on board domestically, noting that this policy also applies to “most international flights”, as long as the Arrival and departure countries do not have their own in-game mask policies.
The airline’s statement was redacted on Tuesday after the company received heavy criticism for its quirky wording referring to Covid as a “seasonal virus”.
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“We are relieved to see the U.S. mask mandate lifted to facilitate global travel as COVID-19 has become a common seasonal virus,” read Delta’s original statement. “Thank you for your support in upholding the federal mask mandate and keeping us and our customers safe during the pandemic.”
Delta joins United Airlines, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, Spirit Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines, which released statements indicating that mask-wearing will be optional domestically but selectively required internationally.
Most airlines have encouraged customers to check pandemic-related travel and mask requirements in countries they will be flying to and from outside the United States.
Some regional airports will still maintain mask mandates under state guidelines
Major airports in the New York area, LaGuardia Airport and JFK, will continue to require passengers to wear masks when passing through transit hubs.
Philadelphia International Airport and San Francisco International Airport also continue to enforce mask mandates at this time.
Passengers are advised to check their local airport policy prior to arrival.
Public transportation systems across the state continue to enforce mask mandates
The New York MTA system will continue to enforce mask mandates for passengers. This includes the subway, New York buses, and the two train lines that operate out of New York, the Long Island Railroad and Metro-North.
New York is joined by the CTA in Chicago, the BART system in the San Francisco area and the LA Metro system in Los Angeles.
However, New Jersey will not require masks on its public transportation system, New Jersey Transit, or the Washington, DC-based WMATA system.
Amtrak has also eliminated face mask requirements for travelers on its trains.
Ride-sharing companies are also tightening their policies.
Uber announced it would remove mask requirements for riders in an email sent to customers on Tuesday. The company will also change its no-front-seat policy, which has prohibited passengers from sitting in the front seat of Uber vehicles since the start of the pandemic.
Soon after, Lyft also dropped mask requirements and allowed passengers to sit in the front seat again.
For both companies, politics is at stake for both passengers and drivers.