In the wake of a judge’s ruling Monday that struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s transit masking rules, major U.S. airlines have made mask-wearing optional for both passengers and employees. Fallout over end of travel mask mandate.
Here are some of the airlines that no longer require masking. 1516268747438370823.JetBlue Airlines
This doesn’t mean you’ll never have to wear a mask at the airport. Many airlines have stated that although their policies are now in effect for domestic travel, some countries may require masks. Some airports require you to wear masks in your terminals to fly to international destinations, such as Philadelphia International Airport.
For ground travel, the rules are a bit more complicated. While masks no longer are required for Amtrak trains, stations and subways as well, some transit systems still require them.
It’s not yet clear if the judge’s decision will stand. Federal agencies are reviewing the decision and still may appeal, a Biden administration official confirmed to “CBS Mornings. “ The CDC still encourages masking on public transit.
News of the judge’s decision drew mixed reactions. While some videos show passengers on planes cheering as they take off their masks while others say they will keep them on, other footage shows people saying they intend to keep them on.
“It’s a preventive measure,” traveler Bob Mounter told CBS News transportation correspondent Errol Barnett. If they say that I no longer have to wear my seatbelts, then I’ll still use mine. “
The decision came after the CDC had recently extended the mask mandate by two weeks, until May 3, to give researchers more time to study the Omicron subvariant BA.2.
Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert and editor-at-large for Kaiser Health News, told “CBS Mornings” that the CDC’s extension was the “appropriate” and “cautious” approach.
“We know that this virus mutates. She stated that the virus is mutating rapidly in fact. We will be seeing more variations and other pandemics following COVID. “I think it is really wrong to strip ourselves of an important tool or toolbox. “
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