Uncertainty about the use of face masks on US-bound flights from Argentina after a court ruling overturned this requirement

A chin strap becomes optional on US flights. Photograph: Mohamed Abdel Ghani/Reuters

in the last hours, A US court ruling has scrapped the mandatory use of face masks on flights Coastal navigation, some international flights and state airports.

The decision comes after the judge Katherine Kimble Maizelof the Central District of Florida, has entered into a court order stating that Limits the legal authority of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) And leave it out of air transport.

The aforementioned authority had extended the mandate to use face masks on planes, subways, trains, buses, taxis and other public transportation until May 3, amid demands from airlines to end that regulation.

Mask use is also no longer mandatory at US airports.  Photograph: Jenna Moon/Reuters
Mask use is also no longer mandatory at US airports. Photograph: Jenna Moon/Reuters

before the decision, Transportation Security Administration (TSA, for its English acronym), which is responsible for security at airports, It will not impose directives “requiring the wearing of masks in public transportation and transportation centers at this time”According to an official in the institution.

After the verdict was announced, United Airlines has canceled its mask authorization on domestic and some international flights, depending on the regulations in the country of arrival or destination.. “While this means that our employees are no longer required to wear a mask, and no longer have to enforce mask requirements for the majority of travelers, They will be able to wear masks if they choose, as the CDC continues to strongly recommend wearing a mask on public transportationThe company said in a statement.

I joined American Airlines, who also explained the situation in a statement; s Delta AirlinesIt is the third US airline to operate in the country, which has done the same on its part.

American Airlines and United Airlines have removed their regulations for the mandatory use of masks on flights.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters
American Airlines and United Airlines have removed their regulations for the mandatory use of masks on flights. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

They all made it clear The chin strap is also no longer mandatory for some international flightsbut they did not specify which, that is, It will depend on the regulations in force in the country of origin or arrival of flights..

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in this context , Infobae They consulted the sources of the Ministry of Health who said this In the country, the recommendation is still to wear a face mask during plane transfersWhether it is navigational or international, i.e. all Argentines coming from the United States must continue to comply with this rule.

but after that , What about flights departing from Ezeiza to the United States? According to sources from US airlines operating in the country, it is still not clear what happens in these cases. Explain that The parent companies have not yet decided on the matter, because the court ruling is very recent.

On the other hand, sources Argentine Airlines They confirmed that before this method On your flights from Argentina to the United States, the use of a chin strap will remain a mandatory requirement Since the country’s Ministry of Health continues to advise its use.

In short, the use of face masks has become optional for flights within the United States, as well as those traveling from the United States to another country that has removed its mandatory nature, such as the United Kingdom. In Argentina, its use is still required by the National Health Authority, so all passengers, regardless of which airline they fly with, must be in good standing throughout the flight..

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