Aug 17, 2021 - Economy & Business

TSA extends transportation mask mandate through Jan. 18

Photo of a sign that says "Face masks required" in an airport with two travelers on the right

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People will now have to wear masks on airplanes, trains, buses and at airports through Jan. 18, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) told various media outlets in a statement Tuesday.

Why it matters: The mandate was set to expire on Sept. 13, but the highly contagious Delta variant has forced the federal government to change course on mask mandates.

What they're saying: "The purpose of TSA's mask directive is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation," the statement reads.

The big picture: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received over 2,867 reports of passengers in violation of the federal mask mandate, per CNN.

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