Several airlines on Monday welcomed the decision to scrap mask mandates.
The airlines have released the following statements regarding their policies.
“Face masks have been like boarding passes for almost two years: you couldn’t fly without them. But, from today, masks are optional at airports and on board planes, effective immediately.
“While we’re glad this means many of us are seeing your smiling faces, we understand that some may have mixed feelings. Remember to be kind to others and that wearing a mask in travel is always an option.”
Face masks will no longer be required for our customers and team members at US airports and on domestic flights.
“Please note that face masks may still be required depending on local ordinances, or when traveling to/from certain international locations depending on country requirements.”
“Effective immediately, masks are optional for all airport employees, crew members and customers inside US airports and on board aircraft.”
“We are relieved to see the US mask mandate lifted to facilitate global travel as COVID-19 has transitioned to a regular seasonal virus. Thank you for your support in meeting the federal mask mandate and keeping us all and our customers safe during the pandemic. »
Effective immediately, masks are no longer required on United on domestic flights, certain international flights (depending on the mask requirements of the country of arrival), or at US airports.
“While this means our employees are no longer required to wear a mask and no longer have to enforce a mask requirement for most travelers, they will be able to wear masks if they wish, as the CDC continues. to strongly recommend the use of a mask on public transport.
“Wearing a mask will now be optional on JetBlue. Although no longer mandatory, customers and crew members can continue to wear masks in our terminals and on board our aircraft.”
“Masks are now optional on domestic flights, but some airports or countries may still require masks, so check your destination’s policy before departure and we’ll see in heaven.”
South West Airlines
“Southwest employees and customers will be able to choose whether they wish to wear a mask, and we encourage people to make the best choice to support their personal well-being.”
The TSA no longer requires face masks on public transportation and in transportation hubs.
Several major airports, including Denver, Seattle-Tacoma, Raleigh-Durham, Miami, Portland and the three DC-area airports, have confirmed they will no longer enforce mask requirements.
Most airports appear to be following the new ruling, however, San Francisco said it “will continue to comply with the current TSA mask security directive until we learn otherwise from the TSA.”
Chicago’s O’Hare Airport also said Tuesday it would maintain its mask mandates, citing an executive order in Illinois requiring face coverings.
“The safety of passengers and employees is the Chicago Department of Aviation’s highest priority. CDA will continue to follow, observe, and enforce all guidance from federal, state, and local health and safety authorities. security.
It’s unclear whether the two New York airports continue to enforce the rule, although travelers on social media have suggested the rule is no longer in place.
Passengers should check local requirements at their departure and arrival airports before travelling, as requirements may vary.
The United States has removed mask mandates for all trains across the country.
Following Monday’s decision, national rail line Amtrak eased mask restrictions with immediate effect.
Amtrak said in a statement that “masks are welcome and remain an important preventative measure against COVID-19.” Anyone who needs or chooses to wear one is encouraged to do so.
Uber has made face masks optional for drivers and passengers in the United States.
The ride-sharing app said in a statement Tuesday morning: “As of April 19, 2022, passengers and drivers are no longer required to wear masks when using Uber.”
“However, the CDC still recommends wearing a mask if you have certain personal risk factors and/or high levels of transmission in your area.
“Remember: Many people feel even safer wearing a mask due to personal or family health issues, so please respect their preferences. And if you ever feel uncomfortable, you can always cancel the trip.
Uber is the first ride-sharing company to rescind its mask mandate.
Lyft also rolled back its mask policy, saying, “We know everyone has different levels of comfort, and anyone who wishes to continue wearing a mask is encouraged to do so.” As always, drivers or passengers can refuse to accept or cancel any ride they do not wish to take.
Megabus announced on Tuesday that masks will no longer be required for drivers or passengers in the United States.
“The CDC still recommends wearing a mask on public transportation and we encourage customers to make the decision that makes sense to them.
“Please note that masks may still be required when traveling through the bus stations we serve. We are extremely grateful for everything our employees and customers have done to stay safe during the pandemic.
National bus carrier Greyhound also rescinded its mask-wearing mandate, saying, “Face masks on all of our buses and facilities are optional.
Greyhound will require masks when traveling across borders until Canada and Mexico waive their requirements. They will also be required if required by local municipalities.
Local transit authorities in several major cities, including DC, have already lifted restrictions.
However, some cities, such as New York, have opted to maintain their mask mandates, in accordance with CDC guidelines and local ordinances.
Travelers should check with their local bus system before boarding without a face covering.