Several US airlines announced Monday that masks are now optional on their aircraft — Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines.
“Given the unexpected nature of this announcement, please be aware that customers, airline employees and federal agency employees — such as TSA — may be receiving this information at different times,” the airline said.
Alaska Airlines similarly said face masks are now optional and asked for passengers to be considerate.
“Please note face masks may still be required based on local ordinances, or when traveling to/from certain international locations based on country requirements,” it said.
Alaska Airlines said some of its passengers who were banned from the airline during the duration of the mask policy will continue to be prohibited from its planes.
It also said it would “continue supporting the comfort of those who travel with us by offering additional layers of protection.”
Meanwhile on the ground, Amtrak said it will no longer require face masks for passengers and employees.
– CNN’s Gregory Wallace contributed to this report