Delta Air Lines passengers and employers no longer need to wear face coverings.
Following the ruling of a U.S. district court judge on Monday, April 18, the Biden Administration announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will no longer enforce the federal mandate requiring masks in all U.S. airports and onboard aircraft. Effective immediately, masks are optional for all airport employees, crew members and customers inside U.S. airports and onboard aircraft.
Delta employees and customers may continue wearing masks if they so choose. Wearing a well-fitting mask protects the wearer, even if others around them are not wearing masks.
Given the unexpected nature of this announcement, please be aware that customers, airline employees and federal agency employees – such as TSA – may be receiving this information at different times. You may experience inconsistent enforcement during the next 24 hours as this news is more broadly communicated – remember to show understanding and patience with others who may not be aware enforcement is no longer required. Communications to customers and in-airport signage and announcements will be updated to share that masking is now optional – this may take a short period of time.
Local mask mandates in other countries may still be in effect. Additional updates will be provided as new information becomes available.
We are relieved to see the U.S. mask mandate lift to facilitate global travel as COVID-19 has transitioned to an ordinary seasonal virus. Thank you for your support in complying with the federal mask mandate and keeping each other, and our customers, safe during the pandemic.
We’ll See How Long This Lasts?
Lawyers and other smart people in the group: it seems the CDC overstepped a wee bit. So, can President Joe Biden issue some executive order mandating masks in airports, on planes, trains, and automobiles?
Mask Up or Not — and Mind Your Own Business
I know this is a major blow to people who really want others to wear masks. But this court ruling doesn’t mean people can’t wear masks.
So, if you want to wear a mask, you do you. Mask away, my friend.
If you don’t want to wear a mask, great. To quote the Growing Pains theme song, “Show me that smile again!” But don’t belittle those who do wish to make up. They’re not hurting you.
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