Flight Attendants Applaud TSA Mask Enforcement Extension

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 30, 2021) — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that it is extending its mask enforcement directive to September 13, 2021. Earlier this month, the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) called for the directive to be extended in a letter to TSA Administrator Pekoske and testified on the issue before the Senate Subcommittee Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovation. AFA International President Sara Nelson released the following statement:

“Leadership is everything. We’ve made tremendous efforts to get the pandemic under control, but we’re not quite there yet. Continuing the TSA enforcement directive for the CDC transportation mask mandate will keep passengers and aviation workers safe.

“Scientists have made clear that masks are the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 when in enclosed spaces like the plane or the airport—regardless of vaccination. Mask compliance is key to confidence in air travel as we climb towards recovery, which includes international travel. Confidence in the safety of U.S. aviation is critical for Americans to enjoy the freedom to fly around the world and to support good jobs in our communities at home. We also have a responsibility to make sure aviation isn’t contributing to the spread of the virus or any variants. We applaud Administrator Pekoske and the Biden Administration for taking action that ensures we can build back better."


The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, (AFA) AFL-CIO represents nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants at 17 airlines. AFA is the union that has advanced the Flight Attendant profession for 75 years, beating back discrimination and improving wages, benefits, working conditions, and aviation safety, health and security in the aircraft cabin. AFA also partners with the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

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