May 21. After a federal judge in Florida struck down the U.S. federal transportation mask mandate on April 18, all of the major U.S. airlines lifted their mask requirements for domestic flights.
Masking rules that were originally established to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 inflight have also been relaxed in Europe. On May 16, a recommendation by the European Union went into effect advising countries to drop the requirement for masking on airplanes and in airports in the EU. However, individual countries and airlines in Europe make their own policies, and masking remains a requirement on many international flights.
As of this week, several countries in Europe still have a mandatory mask policy in place for public transit, including on planes and in airports.
All of the major U.S. airlines have dropped their mask requirements for crew and passengers on domestic flights following the April 18 ruling. These are the updated mask policies for each U.S. airline:
- Alaska Airlines
- American Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Southwest Airlines
- United Airlines