Response to Questions on 30-Day Extension of Transportation Mask Mandate

Response to Questions on 30-Day Extension of Transportation Mask Mandate

March 10, 2022 - Some Flight Attendants have said they want the mask mandate extended and others have been adamant that they do not. 

AFA did not take a position but instead focused on accurate information and calm in the cabin. As long as the federal rules are in place Flight Attendants are charged with managing all safety measures on the plane. We continue to advise the public of the role of Flight Attendants so that the public is not focusing frustrations on the crew, in response to any of our safety instructions. That is our focus: backing up Flight Attendants simply doing our job.

We are encouraged that the relevant agencies will use this 30-day extension period to create a revised framework for transportation-based mitigation measures, so workers and the public can have confidence when mask mandates are lifted. Like all Americans, Flight Attendants look forward to the time when masks are no longer required for confidence in the safety of air travel. We will continue to work with airlines and government to make that a reality as soon as possible.

TSA Statement regarding face mask use on public transportation

Thursday, March 10, 2022

“At CDC’s recommendation, TSA will extend the security directive for mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs for one month, through April 18th. During that time, CDC will work with government agencies to help inform a revised policy framework for when, and under what circumstances, masks should be required in the public transportation corridor. This revised framework will be based on the COVID-19 community levels, risk of new variants, national data, and the latest science. We will communicate any updates publicly if and/or when they change.”


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