The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended their Covid face mask mandate until at least September, just before the original mandate that was ordered in February was due to expire in the middle of May.
This decision comes even as cases and deaths across the entirety of the United States continue to decline, and the numbers of vaccinated and fully vaccinated people continue to soar.
Is there a need?
The new mask mandate issued by the TSA will force all children from the ages of 2 and upwards to wear face coverings at airports, on board of airplanes, buses, commuter buses, and trains.
Darby LaJoye, a senior TSA official, defended the decision to extend the mask mandate, claiming that the federal mask mandate on all public transportation systems is crucial in helping to stop the spread of Covid-19.
He stated that the TSA will remain working closely with the CDC in order to have effective policies put in place, as nearly half of all adults in the United States have received their first Covid vaccination.
After the announcement of the extension and the release of LaJoye’s statement, the TSA published an advert on their social media channels in order to garner support for their decision.
The advert was presented as a video, that showed a woman walking through an airport with two young children, all with masks on.
They posted the ad and describe the extension that will be put in place for ‘everyone’s benefit.’
President Joe Biden is a big fan of the mask mandate, having used the policy to be a key talking point in his 2020 election campaign, before implementing a federal mask mandate on all federal properties during his first day in office.
However, as of late, the President has rather been ignoring the science behind the entire proposal.
President Biden is a fully vaccinated individual and has been for months now, yet he continues to wear his mask outdoors and at press events when he doesn’t need to.
Even the CDC disagrees with him after they updated their guidance at the end of the last month for fully vaccinated people.
The new CDC guidance states that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear a mask outdoors unless they are at a crowded event, say a concert, and it also states that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask indoors around other fully vaccinated people; which Biden’s team will be.
He labeled mask-wearing as a ‘patriotic duty,’ despite the fact the science is now pointing in the opposite direction.