TSA extends federal mask mandate on public transportation
The Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday that it is extending a federal mask mandate for planes, trains and buses.
The federal mask mandate for public transportation will be extended through April 18 after the current mandate was set to expire March 18.
The statement released by the TSA said in part, "During that time, CDC will work with government agencies to help inform a revised policy framework for when, and under what circumstances, masks should be required in the public transportation corridor."
Some Long Islanders say that the requirement should not have been extended
"All the kids are riding buses without masks, they are in school without masks, they are having Super Bowls without masks, concerts without masks," says Miller Place resident Nyree Meadows. "So, yeah I don't think it's necessary."
Nesconset resident Jeff Kreuzberg says it's not necessary, but people want to do what they need to keep themselves safe
Emergency medical physician Dr. Nyle Khan, of Northwell Health, says he thinks it is a "prudent move" by the TSA.
"In an airport, public setting, public transit, these are areas of mass congregation," Khan says. "There is so much geographical intersection that occurs here so we have to consider that while we may be OK or safe, we have to have some compassion for our fellow human."
The revised framework that could be expected next month would be based on a host of different factors including COVID community levels, risk of new variants, national data and the latest science.