Passengers Applaud as US Mask Mandate Lifted

Passengers on a Delta Airlines flight clapped as the captain announced that they were no longer required to wear face masks on board after a judge overturned the Biden administration’s extended mask mandate for public transit on April 18.

Footage recorded by Leticia Elisea while flying from Mexico City, Mexico, to Los Angeles, California, shows a man holding his mask in his hand as the captain announces the end of the mask mandate and passengers applaud.

US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle said the mask mandate exceeded the statutory authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Transport Security Administration said in a statement on Monday that it would no longer enforce mask-wearing on public transportation and in transport hubs.

Federal officials had extended the mandate for commercial flights and in other transportation settings, including on buses, ferries and subways, until at least May 3. Credit: Leticia Elisea via Storyful

Video transcript

[APPLAUSE]

- That mask mandate is gone. Masks are no longer required in airplanes, trains, buses, or any other form of transportation. So enjoy it.

[APPLAUSE]

That mask mandate is gone. Masks are no longer require in airplanes, trains, buses, or any other form of transportation. So enjoy it.

[APPLAUSE]

That mask mandate is gone. Masks are no longer required in airplanes, trains, buses, or any other form of transportation. So enjoy it.

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