Planes, trains, busses lift mask mandates and travel restrictions | USA TODAY

Passengers on flights across the country cheered as mask mandates were lifted for airplanes and other forms of public transportation.

RELATED: COVID-19: Here's why the CDC is reconsidering masks, other mandates

United, American, Southwest, Delta, Alaska and other airlines late Monday said they were dropping their face mask requirement effective immediately given a federal judge's ruling in Florida and the White House response to it.

The mask mandate, announced in January 2021, had been set to expire Monday. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that it would keep it in place until May 3 to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus that is responsible for the majority of cases in the country. It was the mask mandate's fifth extension despite repeated requests from airlines and other travel industry officials to ease restrictions.

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  2. Yay ! I fly in a month and I hate wearing a mask. Triple vaxed too. This will be Huge for airline stocks! Buy buy buy!

    1. @Daphne English Yes, I intend to. Its just they are so uncomfortable. I’ll get a window seat too. I feel we are coming out of the pandemic and the only reason covid is still around is those that chose not to get vaccinated. I personally know 6 people who lost their lives due to denying covid ever really existed.

    2. @Lobster Mania I had different family members pass away as well unfortunately. My Aunt passed before the vaccine was available. She had underlying health problems. I had 2 cousins pass away who opted not to receive it. 😔

      You can only encourage your family and friends. My husband used to get annoyed with me as it seemed I was always encouraging family or friends to get it. He was like leave them alone and let them make their own decision. I felt such an urgency in my spirit to inform them on things they may not have been privy too. I know not everyone watches the news and a lot of people are misinformed.

      I appreciate you not being upset with me for my previous comment. I’ve had so many people become upset and they name call.😳

      It is never my intention to offend anyone.🙏🏾😊

    3. @Daphne English I believe you acting and telling people be a cautious as they can is very nice of you. I’m very excited about traveling in the future now and getting this behind us. Have a wonderful day , it’s blessing in itself to know nice people like you are out there

  3. I hope masks are optional on Alaska Airlines for my nonstop six hour flight from Newark to Los Angeles next October.

  4. Dislike. I guess this is good news if you are an obedient slave. Your master giveth and your master taketh away.

  5. I was all for masks at the start, but as the data came through and showed them to be ineffective – there didn’t seem any point in forcing people to wear them.

  6. This scares me i got sick when someone coughed on me,got hella messed up, they need to keep it on,this covid aint going no where.

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