Masks on transatlantic flights likely to be dropped after US judge says rule is unlawful

By Lisa James
19/04/2022
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Major US carriers have relaxed rules on wearing masks on flights after a federal judge in Florida ruled the mandate was unlawful.

Travel Gossip is waiting for confirmation from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic but most US airlines say they are dropping the mask rule on international flights where the destination doesn’t require them.

The ruling by US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, which came in a lawsuit filed last year, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had exceeded its authority with the mandate, had not sought public comment and did not adequately explain its decisions, Reuters reports.

The rule on wearing of masks on public transport and airlines has been in place for 14 months.

Last week, US health officials extended the mandate to 3 May, saying they needed time to needed time to assess the impact of a recent rise in COVID-19 cases. The ruling means the extension has been overturned.

American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta, Southwest Airlines, JetBlue and Alaska Airlines have now relaxed the restrictions, as has national train operator Amtrak.

United Airlines said: “Effective immediately, masks are no longer required at United on domestic flights, select international flights (dependent upon the arrival country’s mask requirements) or at US airports.”

The Biden Administration has said it is disappointed with the ruling.

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