Airlines will now allow passengers to fly without masks after Biden’s mandate allows for medical exemptions
- American Airlines and Alaska Airlines issued new policies that allow exceptions for mask-wearing.
- Flyers with a medical condition who get a doctor’s note and negative COVID-19 test can go maskless.
- President Biden issued an executive order mandating mask-wearing on all public transportation.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mask mandate for air travel took effect on February 2, requiring flyers to mask up or face the consequences following an executive order from President Joe Biden. But as the policy goes federal, the Americans with Disabilities Act is pumping the brakes on enforcement when it comes to some flyers.
Specifically exempted from the order are those who can’t wear a mask due to a medical condition, as part of the few exceptions allowed by the CDC. Other carve-outs include flyers younger than two years of age and those who cannot wear a mask due to workplace safety regulations.