Uber, Marta, Airport And Delta Lift Mask Mandate! Some Happy, Some Say They Will Continue Wearing Them!
Scenes ranging from excitement to confusion played out Monday across America’s airports after a federal judge struck down the Biden administration’s mask mandate for public transportation.Some passengers learned of the Florida judge’s decision on the rule aimed at mitigating the Covid-19 threat just moments before takeoff, as flight attendants announced that for the first time in nearly two years, masks were optional.Southwest passenger Pam Eason captured video of the moment a crew member told a plane full of passengers that Southwest had dropped its mask requirement. In the video, passengers can be heard clapping and cheering, and one says, “Yay, no more masks!”
MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) has announced it will no longer require riders and employees to wear masks on its trains and buses after a federal judge in Florida struck down the national mask mandate on Monday.
“MARTA will not enforce the mask mandate until further notice. Customers and employees are free to continue wearing masks on the system but masks are not required at this time.”
The ridesharing company, Uber, also announced that it will no longer require masks but noted that the CDC still recommends that masks will be worn.
The mask mandate is officially lifted for public transit including Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Following the ruling of a U.S. district court judge on Monday, the Biden administration announced that the Transportation Security Administration will no longer enforce the federal mandate requiring masks in all U.S. airports and on board aircraft. Effective immediately, masks are optional for all airport employees, crew members and customers inside U.S. airports and on board all aircraft domestically, as well as on most international flights.
Delta employees and customers may continue wearing masks if they so choose. Wearing a well-fitting mask – such as a KN95 – protects the wearer, even if others around them are not wearing masks, according to our Chief Health Officer Dr. Henry Ting.
After 700 consecutive days of being required to board Metro trains and buses with faces masked, some riders approached the mandate’s disappearance Tuesday with unease — while others breathed uncovered sighs of relief.
“I’m a germaphobe,” Desha Quarles, 34, said through a black hospital mask as she waited for a Green Line train at the Georgia Avenue-Petworth station. “I’m not too comfortable with it. I’m going to keep my mask on as much as I can. I don’t like this.”
Twenty yards away, Steven Truett wore white ear buds andno mask as he waited for the same train. He said he didn’t mind the mandate but felt more comfortable now that it was gone.
“It’s carried on for coming up on two years at this point,” said Truett, 27, who works in real estate. “We moved up here from North Carolina, where [a masking requirement] wasn’t generally accepted. We didn’t really have too much of an issue when everything started, and I don’t have an issue now with it. It’s just more of a convenience thing, for sure.”