TSA expects masks necessities for air journey to be prolonged for a lot of the summer time

Passengers, almost all with face masks, board an American Airlines flight to Charlotte on May 3, 2020 in New York City.

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The Transportation Security Administration is expected to extend the requirement that air travelers wear masks at airports and in flight for an additional month, according to those familiar with the matter.

An announcement could already be made on Friday and the request, which should expire on May 11, could be extended until mid-September, according to the population.

The TSA did not respond immediately.

On February 2, the agency asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to order people to wear masks at airports and during flights. For the most part, airlines have required passengers to wear masks over the past year as Covid-19 continued to spread. The airlines have banned more than 2,000 passengers for non-compliance with mask requirements.

About half of adults in the United States are at least partially vaccinated, according to federal data. Airline executives have reported higher bookings since vaccines were introduced and more tourist attractions reopened.

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