The federal mask mandate for all transportation networks will be extended through September, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Friday.
The mask requirement is for travel on airplanes, in airports, on buses and on rail systems. It went into effect in February with an expiration date of May 11, which has now been moved to Sept. 13.
President Biden signed an executive order on his first full day in office directing federal agencies to “immediately take action” to mandate the use of masks on trains, intercity buses, ferries and in airports.
Since then, more than 100 million Americans have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and case numbers have dropped across the country, though officials have urged individuals to remain vigilant and wear a mask in most indoor settings when around others outside one’s household.
The federal rule allows TSA to fine passengers who refuse to wear a mask while traveling. The fine structure will also stay in place through September, which starts at $250 and can get up to $1,500 for repeat offenders…