The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is expected to extend its mask mandate for all trains, planes and buses until at least mid-January 2022, a spokesperson told Fox News.
“The TSA will extend the guidelines until January 18, 2022,” a TSA spokesperson said. “The purpose of the TSA Mask Directive is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transport. “
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Major airlines were made aware of the mandate extension during a call with the main transport agency and officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Reuters first reported.
The CDC issued an order in January requiring all passengers on transit systems to wear a mask in an attempt to counter the coronavirus pandemic.
“Emerging evidence for the Delta variant shows that it is more formidable than the original virus. Delta spreads more than twice as easily from person to person, compared to previous strains, ”a CDC spokesperson told Fox News.
The spokesperson argued that the CDC order issued earlier this year had no expiration date, but said the TSA was implementing an “additional safety directive.”
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“Unlike the Alpha strain, new data shows that fully vaccinated people who are infected with the Delta variant could be infectious and could potentially pass the virus on to others,” the CDC spokesperson added.
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The federal mask mandate has proven to be a controversial policy for some air travelers, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reported nearly 2,900 mask-related incidents this year.
Passengers can expect a heavy fine under the administration’s “zero tolerance policy for unruly and dangerous passenger behavior”.
And the FAA imposed fines ranging from $ 7,500 to $ 15,500 after passengers failed to comply with mask warrants in June.
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The United States has seen an increase of more than 18% in the number of reported cases in the past seven days. On average, more than 96,000 new cases have been confirmed daily over the past week.
“Most of the transmissions that occur in the country occur among unvaccinated people and in areas with low immunization rates,” the CDC spokesperson told Fox News. “We need more people to be vaccinated to stay ahead of changes in the virus. “