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Are Face-Masks Rules Reducing Air Travel?

August 22, 2021 • 10:02 am CDT
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The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) new report indicates the air travel industry is experiencing another dismal month during August 2021 compared to 2019.

According to the TSA's reporting on August 21, 2021, the daily air passenger screening volume is well below the 2 million-plus metic realized pre-COVID-19 pandemic.

The TSA says, 'Airline travelers should check with their airline on additional inflight restrictions before taking their trip. In addition, all commuters and travelers should check with the U.S. CDC website for additional guidance.'

The TSA recently announced (Aug. 20) extending the face mask requirement for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the USA, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, over-the-road buses, and commuter bus or rail systems through January 18, 2022.

Exemptions to the face mask requirement for travelers under the age of 2 years old and those with certain disabilities, as well as civil penalty fines, will also remain in place.

Individuals who require screening assistance due to a disability, medical condition, or other special circumstance may contact TSA Cares at least 72 hours before their flight by calling (855) 787-2227. For additional information about TSA procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of our “Stay Healthy. Stay Secure.” campaign, visit

David P. Pekoske is the TSA Administrator responsible for a workforce of approximately 60,000 employees charged with protecting U.S. transportation systems and the traveling public. 

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