TSA officially extends mask mandate on airplanes, public transport and passenger rail until January 2022

The requirement to properly wear face coverings will be in place through Jan. 18, 2022, as the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus continues.

On Aug. 20, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published an updated security directive that extends the requirement for passengers and employees on airplanes, public transportation and intercity surface transportation to wear face masks through Jan. 18, 2022.

The initial requirement for face masks went into effect Feb. 1 following President Joe Biden’s Executive Order “Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel.” The original directive’s expiration of May 11 was extended to Sept. 13, 2021, and will now remain in place through mid-January 2022.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) updated its information page on the requirement and explained that while the date of enforcement has been extended, all other aspects of the security directive remain in place including exemptions and civil penalties.

The TSA’s updated security directive can be found here and the FTA’s information page on the requirement can be found here.

Source: Mass Transit by Mischa Wanek-Libman