TSA extends face mask requirement for US airports

Maintaining the safety of travellers is crucial whilst the vaccination programme continues to take effect

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced it is extending the mandatory face mask requirement on all transport networks across the US, including airports, commercial aircraft and bus and rail systems until September 13.

Initially, the rule came into effect on February 1, where it was expected to be lifted on May 11.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently stated that travellers who have had the vaccination are now able to commute around the US. However, wearing a face mask, maintaining social distancing and regular hand washing is still required.

A penalty of $250 (£180) is in place for those who do not follow the regulations.

Darby LaJoye, the senior official performing the duties of the TSA administrator, said: “The federal mask requirement throughout the transportation system seeks to minimise the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation. Right now, about half of all adults have at least one vaccination shot, and masks remain an important tool in defeating this pandemic. We will continue to work closely with the CDC to evaluate the need for these directives and recognise the significant level of compliance thus far.”

At transport checkpoints nationwide, security screening officers are required to wear face coverings and gloves. There are also acrylic barriers in place and computed tomography equipment to reduce the need for physical contact