The United States has decided to remove the obligation to wear a mask on public transportation. This comes immediately after a court in Florida on Monday, April 18, ruled that the directive brought 14 months ago was illegal.
Following the announcement, the main air carriers in the country like American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and the national railway operator Amtrak also removed the obligation to wear a mask, VisaGuide.World reports.
After that, American Airlines, on a Twitter post on April 19, emphasized that face masks will no longer be required for customers and crew members at US airports and domestic flights.
In addition, in a statement issued on April 18, American Airlines also announced that this decision was taken following the Transportation Safety Administration, which no longer implements the federal mandate of face masks.
“Please note face masks may still be required based on local ordinances or when traveling to/from certain international locations based on country requirements. In keeping with our commitment to creating a welcoming environment for everyone who travels with us, customers and team members may choose to continue to wear masks at their own discretion,” American AirLines explains.
Last week, health officials extended the mask-carrying mandate until May 3, requiring passengers to wear masks on planes, trains, buses, and shared vehicles or transit centers.
In addition, they also added that it would be very difficult to assess the impact of the Coronavirus as there has recently been an increase in COVID-19 cases.
The United States is experiencing an increase in new infections reported each day, averaging 36,251 daily and 460 daily deaths.
In a statement issued on April 19, Delta Airlines has informed all its employees and customers that they can wear masks if they wish despite the decision of the Biden administration.
Last week Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian confirmed that the mask mandate should be removed, including Delta Airlines employees. However, he also added that everyone should take personal responsibility for their health aboard Delta Airlines.
Moreover, On Monday, April 18, US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, Florida, released the nationwide mask request and instructed the CDC to change the policy set in February 2021. The decision was given in a lawsuit filed the year passed by the Fund for the Protection of Freedom of Health.