Tri-Cities Airport no longer requiring face masks after federal ruling

UPDATE 4:30 p.m. on 4/19/22 — The Tri-Cities Airport is no longer requiring facemasks after a federal judge in Florida overturned the mandate on Monday.

“Yesterday, the news broke that the mask mandate had been lifted. However, we did not get any of that information,” said Buck Taft, Airport Director of Tri-Cities Airport. “Other than the news report, nothing from the TSA or the Department for Homeland Security. So we weren’t really sure what was going on and how to handle it.”

It was around 7 p.m. PDT when the Pasco airport confirmed with TSA officials that the mask mandate had been lifted.

“We received written confirmation from TSA that they were no longer going to be enforcing the mask mandate,” Taft said.

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According to the Tri-Cities Airport, none of the airlines departing from Pasco currently require masks to board or travel on their planes. You also don’t have to wear a mask around the airport.

“No one here in the Tri-Cities is requiring masks,” Taft said.

But that doesn’t mean your in the clear for all of your travels. You could still see masks required around the U.S., and on different airlines.

“In the next couple of days, just maybe take a mask with you, check where you’re flying to, check your airline just to be sure that they’re not requiring masks,” Taft said.

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Travelers are still allowed to wear masks, and the Tri-Cities Airport has you covered—just ask your airline or airport staff for a mask.

Summer flights are expected to be booked at capacity, but should not exceed pre-COVID numbers. That’s because of a pilot-shortage across all carriers. The Tri-Cities Airport is reporting full flights during the summer months, at 88% of what they saw in 2019, before the pandemic.

PASCO, Wash. — It’s been over two years since masks were mandated on public transportation on planes, trains and buses.

Today, the Transportation Security Administration said they will no longer enforce the federal mask requirement for passengers and employees at airports.

This includes the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco.

This comes after a federal judge in Florida overturned the mask mandate, calling it ‘unlawful.’

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“Due to today’s court ruling, effective immediately, TSA will no longer enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs. TSA will also rescind the new Security Directives that were scheduled to take effect tomorrow. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.”

In a press release from the Tri-Cities Airport, they said different airlines and destinations may have their own COVID-19 protocols and passengers should be prepared for them. You can contact your airline or destination, or look them up online to see the specific requirements.