TSA to Implement the U.S. CDC's Face-Mask Order
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced enforcement authority on January 31, 2021, to TSA employees “at TSA screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation system,” read a Determination of a National Emergency signed by the department’s acting secretary, David Pekoske. “The purpose of the U.S. CDC's Executive Order is to save lives and allow all Americans, including the millions of people employed in the transportation industry, to travel and work safely.”
Pekoske’s declaration said. “I specifically direct the Transportation Security Administration to use its authority to accept the services of, provide services to, or otherwise cooperate with other federal agencies, including through the implementation of countermeasures with appropriate departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the USA to address a threat to transportation, recognizing that such threat may involve passenger and employee safety.”
Also included in the CDC’s mask order, which takes effect Monday at 11:59 p.m., are public boats, subways, taxis, and ride-shares, plus inside airports and other transportation hubs.