Travelers at MacArthur Airport confused over mask mandate rules

The back-and-forth started Monday when a federal judge struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's transportation mask mandate.

News 12 Staff

Apr 21, 2022, 2:22 AM

Updated 726 days ago

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MacArthur Airport says masks are still required at the airport after officials said they were optional the day before.
The back-and-forth started Monday when a federal judge struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's transportation mask mandate.
On Tuesday, the Town of Islip officials said that face coverings would be optional at MacArthur Airport.
Then Wednesday, the mask requirement was put back into effect following pressure from Gov. Kathy Hochul.
A Town of Islip spokesperson wrote in part, "Long Island MacArthur Airport officials have been contacted by the governor's office and provided with guidance, which requires that masks be worn in areas controlled by the airport, specifically, baggage claim and ticketing areas."
Those at the airport say they didn't see any enforcement of the rule.
"I was certainly unaware," says Alyssa Greco, of Nesconset. "Because I like to follow the rules. So, I would have a mask on if I knew about it."
The TSA controls the area behind security so masks can come off once they get there.
Major airlines have also made masks optional on domestic flights so people on some airplanes do not have to wear them once they are on board.


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