The Biden administration will extend the mask mandate for airplanes and transit for 15 days, according to people familiar with the matter.
The mandate was set to expire after April 18, following a one-month extension in March. Airlines have required masks on planes since early in the pandemic in 2020, but the Biden administration made them mandatory in early 2021.
Airlines have repeatedly asked the administration to drop that requirement as well as other Covid restrictions such as predeparture testing for all international arrivals, including citizens.
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