TSA officially extends mask mandate on airplanes, public transport and passenger rail until January 2022

Aug. 23, 2021
The requirement to properly wear face coverings will be in place through Jan. 18, 2022, as the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus continues.

On Aug. 20, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published an updated security directive that extends the requirement for passengers and employees on airplanes, public transportation and intercity surface transportation to wear face masks through Jan. 18, 2022.

The initial requirement for face masks went into effect Feb. 1 following President Joe Biden’s Executive Order “Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel.” The original directive’s expiration of May 11 was extended to Sept. 13, 2021, and will now remain in place through mid-January 2022.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) updated its information page on the requirement and explained that while the date of enforcement has been extended, all other aspects of the security directive remain in place including exemptions and civil penalties.

The TSA’s updated security directive can be found here and the FTA’s information page on the requirement can be found here.

About the Author

Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.