Masks Remain on Airplanes Through 2021

A picture of two medical masks

As the RV industry’s show and travel season nears, passengers flying to events around the country will continue to need to wear masks in airports and on flights.

Reuters first reported the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would extend the national mask mandate for travelers on airplanes, trains, buses, airports and train stations. The mandate was set to expire Sept. 13. TSA extended the mandate through Jan. 18.

“The purpose of TSA’s mask directive is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation,” a spokesperson said.

The mandate extends to travel on ships, subways, taxis and ride-shares as well as bus or ferry terminals, seaports and subway stations.

The move comes after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended fully vaccinated Americans wear masks in all indoor public places in regions where the virus is rapidly spreading. Currently, Reuters reported the CDC recommendation applies to 94% of counties in the country.

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