Do I always have to wear a mask on a plane?

After the past two years of going through a global pandemic, it seems like most of us are looking forward to having a good time traveling.

Whatever direction of travel is for you — going somewhere domestic or overseas — if you’re thinking of flying somewhere, you might be wondering what the requirements are, currently, for face masks.

As of March 10, the Transportation Security Administration announced that it would extend its safety directive for the use of masks on public transportation and transportation hubs until April 18.

What does this mean for you now?

From the moment you enter an airport, you will be required to wear a mask, meaning the whole time you will be in all airports and on all planes.

The TSA said it was following guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And after April 18?

In short, it depends. Over the next month, the CDC will “work with government agencies to help inform a revised policy framework outlining when and under what circumstances masks should be required in the public transportation corridor,” according to the TSA.

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The administration added that any revised framework will be based on COVID-19 community levels, the risk of new variants, the national date and the latest scientific data.

Basically, looking ahead to next month, there is real potential that masks will no longer be needed after April 18.

The best way to keep up to date with the latest in-flight mask mandates is to check the TSA’s website, where regular updates are made regarding COVID-19 and travel.