The rapid rise of the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 may force the Biden administration to extend the mask mandate for anyone using public transportation through January 2022.
Three sources told Reuters that the Biden administration will extend requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, buses, and trains and at airports and train stations through mid-January.
The sources said major airline carriers were told about mask mandate extension on a call with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this afternoon. The current TSA transportation mask order expires on Sept. 13.
An extension of the mask mandate would mean travelers would be wearing masks for almost two years or about 21 months since March 2020. That is an astonishing amount of time since the government initially told the general population that COVID would be over if everyone wore their masks and got their vaccine.
Meanwhile, the flight attendants union at Southwest Airlines penned a letter to CEO Gary Kelly that overworked employees are “weary, exhausted, frustrated and forgotten,” according to Bloomberg. – READ MORE