TSA extends mask mandate

The Transportation Safety Administration has extended the mask mandate into next year.

The TSA will now require masks on commercial flights, buses, and trains through January 18th, 2022.

The move was made as concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus persist.

Many airlines, including Southwest and Spirit airlines, have warned about an increased in cancellations and a drop in bookings.

They are blaming the trend on the fast-spreading delta strain of the coronavirus.

Originally, the mandate was set to end on September 13th, but the extension now covers heavy travel periods during the holiday period.

The labor union representing about 50,000 flight attendants supported the extension.

The TSA declined to comment and the Centers for Disease Control did not immediately comment on the extension.

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