(RepublicanNews.org) – Mask-wearing on planes first came about in 2020, after a handful of airlines set guidelines demanding that passengers wear them at all times during flights. President Biden officialized the practice in February 2021 with a federal mandate that it later renewed several times in succession. While that ruleset was originally set to expire on March 18, a flight attendant’s union is now pressuring the Biden administration to extend it again.
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), representing around 50,000 flight attendants, has announced it wants the president to extend the March 18 deadline. According to the LA Times, the union believes Biden will likely heed their call.
Mask mandate for travelers is likely to be extended, U.S. flight attendants union says https://t.co/jPphI0xgSb
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 23, 2022
An AFA spokeswoman told the National Review that the union hasn’t directly asked Biden to renew the mandate. The New York Times reported the AFA declared that if the Biden administration allowed the mandate to expire, it could put passengers of all ages at risk. The AFA noted that the continued approach to layered safety and security included wearing masks.
Several states and major cities have already started to drop mask mandates in schools and businesses. However, many have kept public transportation mask requirements in place. It will be interesting to see how President Biden responds. Will he cave to the pressure, or will he finally lift the mandate that has become so unpopular among many Americans?
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