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Travelers were celebrating across the country Monday as airports and airlines dropped their mask requirements after a Florida federal judge voided the Biden Administration’s mask mandate for planes, trains and buses on Monday.
But confusion also accompanied the enthusiasm as some airports, airlines and transportation agencies had yet to announce whether or not they would continue to enforce the mandate — or confirm that masks are still required.
Following the judge’s ruling, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines all relaxed their mask policies for customers, crew and workers.
“Feels good to be flying the moment the mask mandate was lifted. People are literally celebrating at this airport,” Darrin Smith tweeted Monday night.
United and Delta lifted the mask requirement for all domestic flights. United also said the change in policy would apply to “select international flights” while Delta said masks would also be optional on “most international flights.”
Southwest and American Airlines also nixed the mask requirement for travelers and employees, but did not specify if the switch extended to international flights.
Airports such as Raleigh-Durham, Miami and Portland have confirmed that they will no longer be enforcing mask requirements per local TSA directives, however, San Francisco Airport said it “will continue to comply with the current TSA security directive on masks until we hear otherwise from TSA.”
A Florida federal judge ruled that the CDC failed to properly explain its decision to impose the mask mandate or follow proper rulemaking procedures.AP/Ted S. Warren
The Port Authority — which operates JFK Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Newark Airport, Teterboro Airport as well as the Port Authority Bus Terminal and PATH rail system — has not made any announcement regarding the mandate suspension.
In New York City, subway and bus riders have been instructed to keep their masks on.
“The mask requirement on public transit in NY remains in effect for now pursuant to a March 2, 2022 determination by the New York State Department of Health,” the MTA said in a statement Monday night.
The MTA said subway and bus riders will have to keep their masks on.Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Washington D.C.’s Metro, however, has ruled that masks for riders are now optional.