TSA mask mandate for travel now in effect

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Starting today if you're flying on a plane you must wear a protective mask, and you have to keep it on during the entire flight.

Those are the new TSA rules.

TSA will require individuals to wear a mask at TSA airport screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation systems. This requirement will remain effective until May 11, 2021.

President Biden issued the mandate requiring all Americans to wear masks on planes, trains, buses, ferries, taxis and ride-share vehicles.

“TSA will fully comply with the President’s Executive Orders, CDC guidance and the DHS National Emergency determination to ensure healthy and secure travel across all transportation sectors. This will help prevent further spread of COVID-19 and encourage a unified government response,” said Darby LaJoye, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the TSA Administrator. “As we continue to experience impacts from this pandemic, we are committed to this measure as the right thing to do for the TSA workforce, for our industry stakeholders and for passengers.”

The CDC requested the mask mandate insisting it is necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus.