Covid Live Updates: U.S. Flight Attendants Balk at Ending Mask Mandate on Planes

ImageFace masks being handed out at John F. Kennedy International Airport in December.
Credit…Karsten Moran for The New York Times

With in-flight and airport mask mandates slated to be lifted in the United States next month, a flight attendants’ union is pushing the Biden administration to extend the requirement until more people are vaccinated.

In a statement, the Association of Flight Attendants-C.W.A. said that the Transportation Security Administration’s plan to lift mask requirements on March 18 would endanger medically vulnerable travelers and passengers under 5, who have not been authorized by federal health authorities to get the vaccine.

“The layered approach to safety and security includes masks,” the union said in a statement on Tuesday.

If the mask mandate is rescinded…

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