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KDKA Public Transportation Mask Guide

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- With a federal judge having thrown out the national mask mandate covering airlines and other modes of public transportation, many are left wondering how this could impact their commute or travel plans.

The CDC had recently extended the mask mandate, which was set to expire Monday, until May 3.

However, with the new ruling which came down on Monday, a number of airlines and other transit organizations have shifted policies when it comes to face coverings.

The TSA released a statement following the ruling, saying:

"Due to today's court ruling, effective immediately, TSA will no longer enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs. TSA will also rescind the new Security Directives that were scheduled to take effect tomorrow. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time."

Below is an extensive guide with policies and information for various airlines and other forms of public transit and what each organization is requiring when i comes to using their services.


Pittsburgh International Airport

Masking is no longer required in the terminal for passengers or staff.



American Airlines said Monday that masks will no longer be a requirement for customers or team members at U.S. airports and on flights traveling domestically.


Masks are optional for all airport employees, crew members and customers inside U.S. airports and on board all aircraft domestically, as well as on most international flights.


Southwest employees and customers will be able to choose whether they would like to wear a mask on flights, at domestic airports, and at some international locations. Read more.


Masks are no longer required on domestic flights, select international flights, or at U.S. airports.


Masks are now optional on domestic flights with Frontier, but the company advises checking policies at destinations prior to departure.


Face coverings are now optional for Spirit team members and guests.


Mask wearing will now be optional on JetBlue flights within the U.S.

Sun Country

Wearing a mask on Sun Country flights is optional for our passengers & employees.

Port Authority

The Port Authority said Monday that it would no longer be enforcing mask-wearing.


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. Read more. 

Ride Sharing

Neither Uber nor Lyft have provided an update on any change in their policies requiring mask-wearing following the federal ruling.

Stay with KDKA for the latest developments when it comes to mask mandates and for up-to-date information on what each company or organization may be requiring.

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