Delta, American, United and other airlines announcing that masks are optional in the face of mandate repeal

The different airlines are making it known that the masks will no longer be mandatory.

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Following a US district court judge’s ruling on Monday, President Joe Biden’s administration announced that the Transportation Security Administration will no longer enforce the federal mandate requiring masks at all US airports and on board planes.

Given the new announcements, the companies are announcing their new policies on the optional use of masks:

Delta Airlines communicated:

“Effective immediately, masks are optional for all airport employeescrew members and customers inside US airports and on board all aircraft domestically, as well as on most international flights.

The airline recommends being attentive to new notices due to rapid changes in information and encourages employees and customers to continue wearing KN95 masks, if they wish, to be more protected.

United Airlines:

Masks are no longer required on United Airlines on domestic flights, select international flights (depending on arrival country mask requirements) or at US airports.”

United noted that “That means our employees should no longer wear a mask or impose it on passengers, in most cases,” but recalled that the CDC strongly recommends wearing a mask on public transportation.

American Airlines:

The company noted that “Face masks will no longer be required for our customers and team members at US airports and on domestic flights”.

But it also recommends its optional use: “The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend that people wear a face mask in closed public transportation environments; however, they are not required to be used in airport environments or on your flight, unless there is an individual jurisdiction that requires them.”

Southwest Airlines:

Masks are no longer required on board Southwest Airlines or at most airports, but certain cities, states, and countries may still require masks. We encourage people to make the best choice to support their personal well-being and check local airport mask policies when traveling. In addition, Southwest will continue to support the comfort of those who travel with us by offering additional layers of protection.”

Alaska Airlines:

The company is announcing that the masks will be optional but asks passengers to be considerate: “Please remember to be nice to each other and that wearing a mask while traveling is still an option.“.


JetBlue noted: “In accordance with the federal court ruling on Monday and TSA guidance, the wearing of face coverings will now be optional on JetBlue within the US. Although no longer required, customers and crew members they can continue to wear masks in our terminals and on board our planes.”

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