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Frequently Asked Questions

As a result of a court order, effective April 18, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect. Therefore, CDC will not enforce the Order. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.

In addition, effective immediately, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not enforce its mask-related Security Directives. TSA is also withdrawing its Security Directive 1582/84-21-01E, which was issued on April 15, 2022, and was scheduled to take effect on April 19, 2022.

Wearing of Face Masks While on Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an Order on January 29, 2021, requiring the wearing of masks by travelers to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Conveyance operators must also require that all persons wear masks when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel, with specific exemptions as described in the Questions below. The CDC Order defines “conveyance” as including “aircraft, train, road vehicle (including rideshares), vessel…or other means of transport, including military transport.” (42 CFR §§ 70.1, 71.1). Operators of transportation hubs must require all persons to wear a mask when entering or on the premises of a transportation hub. A “transportation hub” means any airport, bus terminal, marina, seaport, or other port, subway station, terminal, train station, U.S. port of entry, or any other location that provides transportation.” More information about this order can be found on the CDC website, including the CDC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the mask requirement.

TSA issued an emergency amendment and three security directives supporting the CDC Order. SD 1582/84-21-01 pertains directly to owners and operators of ground transport. The other three pertain to the aviation industry. For more information about the TSA COVID-19 prevention efforts, visit the 
TSA COVID-19 hub or view the TSA COVID-19 FAQs

To support the implementation of the CDC Order and TSA Directives, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) compiled FAQs and will update them as additional information becomes available. The USDOT will also continue to engage stakeholders in conjunction with the CDC and other Federal agencies.

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For air transportation operators, please see FAA’s Fly Healthy web page for more information. 

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Last updated: Thursday, March 10, 2022