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MBTA Stations And Logan Airport Travelers Adjust After Federal Mask Mandate Struck Down

BOSTON (CBS) – Travelers at Logan Airport and MBTA stations have expressed some confusion after a federal judge in Florida struck down the national mask mandate on airplanes and public transit.

The ruling has left the decision up to individual airlines and transit systems.

At a busy Logan Airport Monday morning, TSA and most airlines lifted their mask requirements after the court ruling.

In the decision, the Florida federal judge said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention improperly failed to justify its decision to extend the order on public transportation. The mandate was set to expire Monday but the CDC had extended it until May 3.

The White House said the Justice Department will review possible legal action after the judge's decision.

Airlines including American, Delta, United, JetBlue and Southwest are no longer requiring masks for passengers or crew.

Delta did warn customers that because of the sudden change, passengers may experience "inconsistent enforcement in the next 24 hours."

The MBTA said Tuesday morning it was dropping the mask mandate on buses and trains.

Steamship Authority said Tuesday it will still require masks be worn at all times on vessels, buses, and at terminals.

Amtrak said in a statement its passengers and employee no longer need to wear masks while on board trains or in stations. They added that anyone needing or choosing to wear a mask is still encouraged to do so.

While Amtrak passengers and employees are no longer required to wear masks while on board trains or in stations, masks are welcome and remain an important preventive measure against COVID-19. Anyone needing or choosing to wear one is encouraged to do so.

Starting Tuesday, Uber will also drop its mask mandate for riders and drivers.

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