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Masks no longer required at Portland airport

C-Tran also makes masks optional on buses

By , Columbian Web Editor

Masks are no longer required at Portland International Airport.

Passengers and visitors are still welcome to wear masks in terminals and on flights but are not required to do so after a federal judge in Florida struck down a national mask mandate on Monday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends that passengers on any type of public transportation wear masks.

Major airlines and many airports dropped requirements after the Transportation Security Administration announced it wouldn’t enforce a January 2021 security directive that applied to airplanes, airports, taxis and other mass transit.

C-Tran announced Tuesday morning that masks would now be optional but the Clark County transit agency strongly recommended that individuals continue to wear masks on buses.

TriMet has also made masks optional on buses and trains.

“We recognize that travelers and airport employees may have mixed feelings about this change. We ask that people be kind and respectful of a person’s individual decision to wear a mask or not,” PDX officials said on the website.

Alaska Airlines, which operates Horizon Air, and Delta Airlines announced Monday that masks would be optional.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport posted a late Monday announcement that masks are optional. However, passengers should check with airlines and destination for other rules, according to the Seattle-Times.

A negative COVID-19 test is still required to fly on an airplane in most states and many countries, according to the PDX website. “If you plan to fly into PDX from another country, we recommend contacting your airline to find the best testing partner.”

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