On April 18, a federal judge ruled against the federal mandate requiring facial coverings on all forms of public transportation, including airplanes and in airports.
In response, airlines are adjusting their policies accordingly with most making masks optional for passengers and flight crews.
Here is what travelers need to know as of today:
Among the airlines that have announced masks are now optional are:
- American Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- United Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- Jet Blue Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Spirit Airlines
“GO With Us remains committed to our passengers’ health and safety,” says John McCarthy, president, GO With Us (formerly GO Airport Shuttle). “We know people may have health or other concerns so we certainly welcome passengers, drivers and staff who choose to continue wear masks.”
Individual airports may have different policies and ordinances vary from state to state, so travelers are advised to check on local requirements for their departure and destination airports, public transportation and other means of traveling to and from the airport.
International travelers also should check with their destination country regarding masks, COVID testing and proof of vaccination to reduce the chance of delayed or canceled trips.
This post will be updated when more information becomes available.