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Flying to Disney? TSA, CDC Extend Airplane Mask Mandates

All would-be Guests looking to fly to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or Disneyland Resort in California will have to continue wearing masks through the middle of April as the Transportation Security Administration’s plan to end its mask mandate is delayed.

According to The Wall Street Journal.:

Travelers in the U.S. will have to continue wearing masks on airplanes, buses and other forms of transit through April 18 under a federal mandate that the Biden administration is extending, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Transportation Security Administration said Thursday.

The TSA’s directive requiring masks on public transit was set to expire after March 18, but it will remain in effect for another month at the CDC’s recommendation.

Air travel is one of the most popular ways Disney fans make the trip to their beloved Theme Parks and Resorts, with Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) being the major ports of entry for such adventures.

Orlando International Airport

Credit: MCO

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The mask mandates have been in effect for almost two years, and during this extra month of enforcement, WSJ states that the CDC will be working on a new framework for requiring masks on transportation. But this extension comes after all 50 States have now ended indoor mask mandates and at a time when it appears that passengers are getting tired of the order. WSJ noted that the Federal Aviation Administration states that “nearly two-thirds of the more than 800 reports of unruly passengers this year have been related to masks.”

Both the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort have ended mask mandates in effectively all indoor and outdoor areas outside of transportation after Universal Studios did the same. 

Disney World

Credit: Disney

Related: Another Disney Resort Dropping Mask Mandates Soon

We at Disney Fanatic strive to cover all news that could have an effect on your upcoming Disney vacation, for better or worse. We will continue to monitor the airline mask mandates and will update our readers as more information comes to light.

Disney World Park Hopper

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About T.K. Bosacki

TK is a writer and editor based in Tampa, FL with a passion for all things Disney, and adventure.