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TSA Mask Requirement

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have extended an Order through March 18, 2022 requiring the wearing of masks by travelers to prevent spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Conveyance operators must also require all persons onboard to wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel. Operators of transportation hubs must require all persons to wear a mask when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub.

This Order must be followed by all passengers on public conveyances (e.g., airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, ride-shares) traveling into, within, or out of the United States as well as conveyance operators (e.g., crew, drivers, conductors, and other workers involved in the operation of conveyances) and operators of transportation hubs ( e.g., airports, bus or ferry terminals, train or subway stations, seaports, ports of entry) or any other area that provides transportation in the United States.

People must wear masks that cover both the mouth and nose when awaiting, boarding, traveling on, or disembarking public conveyances. People must also wear masks when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub in the United States.

This Order has been effective on February 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm (EST).

The following are attributes of masks needed to fulfill the requirements of the Order. TSA will update this guidance as needed.

The following attributes are additionally acceptable as long as masks meet the requirements above.

The following do not fulfill the requirements of the Order.

Additional guidance on the use of masks to slow the spread of COVID-19 is available on CDC’s website.

What happens if I don’t wear a mask in a transportation hub?

Operators of public transportation conveyances must deny entry to anyone not wearing a mask that completely covers the mouth and nose and require that everyone on the premises wears a mask. If a person refuses to comply, the operator must remove the person from the premises at the earliest safe opportunity.