Almost all passengers wore an American Airlines flight mask to Charlotte on May 3, 2020 in New York City.
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The Transportation Safety Administration expects to extend the requirement for air travelers to wear masks in airports and during flights for several months, people familiar with the matter said.
The announcement could take place as early as Friday and could extend the terms, which are set to expire on May 11 through mid-September.
The TSA did not immediately comment.
The agency began requiring masked citizens at airports and during flights on Feb. 2, according to orders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Airlines have been requiring passengers to wear masks over the years as COVID-19 continues to spread. The carrier banned more than 2,000 passengers for failing to comply with the mask requirements.
About half of adults in the United States get at least partially vaccinated, according to federal data. Airlines executives reported higher bookings as the vaccine was released and attractions reopened.