Jason Valentines reports.

KENNEWICK, Wash. — As Washington state prepares to take off its masks and breathe the fresh air this Spring, commuters in the Tri-Cities and beyond need to be mindful of federal regulations that require the use of masks and/or face coverings on public transportation, airports, and planes.

Despite nearly all of the 50 states preparing to de-mask, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) isn’t ready to get rid of its safety measures. The federal mask requirement was extended through April 18, 2022—regardless of vaccination status.