2021 Mask Mandate: Biden Orders Requiring Masks on Planes

flight attendants wearing face mask on plane

COVID-19 has brought many changes over the last year and a half. Additionally, there’s a new administration in the White House that’s taking a different approach than the previous administration regarding the pandemic, particularly regarding a national mask mandate. In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, President Biden has begun his first year in office with an executive order requiring masks to be worn on public transportation, including planes. 

How Does Biden’s New Mask Order Work?

The national mask mandate consists of two separate orders. As the name suggests, the 2021 mask mandate requires masks to be worn at all times on public transportation including airports, air planes, commercial aircrafts, trains, ferries, maritime vessels, subways, and busses.1

Transportation operators must require all persons onboard to wear a mask upon entering the premises as well as while boarding, traveling, and disembarking on their travels.2

In addition to public transportation and places of service, masks must be worn on federal property. Federal property is a building, land, or real property owned or leased by any government agency or department. While the majority of citizens find this to be a positive change, some have argued that only states and municipalities have the authority to implement a mask mandate.  

What About the Places That Already Require Masks?

Although masks were required in specific places, the former President did not find it necessary to draft an executive order requiring a mask mandate across the country. This approach is notably different compared to the current administration’s position. 

Trump prevented the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from enforcing any mask mandate at a local level. As a result, masks were not enforced in certain places. Certain government officials believed that a national mask mandate should not be forced by executive action but determined by state legislators. This is why the implementation and enforcement of wearing masks in public differ depending on the state.  

How Does This Affect Public Transportation? 

For those who use public transportation, from city busses and trains to ferries and airplanes, the mandate will require that every commuter and employee wear a mask on the premises. 

Due to the enclosed, confining spaces in public transportation vehicles and vessels as well as the surfaces that many people will have likely come into contact with on public transportation, commuters have an increased risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. 

Will the 2021 Mask Mandate Make a Difference?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to promote the national mask mandate implemented by President Biden. Scientific evidence demonstrates that wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, especially on public transportation. 

 

Hopefully, enforcing mask use on public transportation, including mask use on airplanes, will help stop the spread of COVID-19 virus.  

 

Sheffield School of Aeronautics is one of the oldest aviation training institutions in the United States, where you can take a flight dispatcher course and obtain your FAA dispatcher license. Sheffield has an outstanding reputation in the aviation industry, recognized by companies like Delta, United, KLM, American, Virgin Australia, Cayman Airways, Shanghai/China Eastern, ExpressJet, Federal Express, UPS, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, United Technologies, Mobil Oil, Gulf Air, Atlantic Southeast, Comair, Mesaba, Horizon, American Trans Air, and many others for aircraft dispatcher training. If you’re interested in becoming an aircraft dispatcher, contact us to get started: 954-581-6022.

 

Sources: 

  1. White House – Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel
  2. CDC – CDC requires wearing of face masks while on public transportation and at transportation hubs

 

Related Reading 

The Future of Airlines in 2021

Flying During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

 

 

This entry was posted in News & Regulations. Bookmark the permalink.
  • Contact Us

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
  • Testimonials

    “These men represented the highest caliber of professionalism and integrity. The education I received from these gentleman has afforded me to be gainfully employed while having the opportunity to use the education received, all over this country, and more than a few others.” WG sidebar wg
    “I am a graduate of the Sheffield’s Dispatcher Program. I have been a Captain-Part 121 Airline, Certified Flight/Grnd Instructor, and FAA Designated Check Airman and Sim Instructor (Part 121). From my experience I would rate Sheffield School as outstanding in their field.” PT PT
    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is known worldwide for its quality training and has been recommended to me by our national airline Swiss International Airlines. Whenever I mention the name ‘Sheffield’ it rings a bell in people’s ears.” IW IW
    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is a highly recognized and respected organization throughout the airline industry. They only produce the highest quality of graduate…” P.W. Sidebar PW
    “I am so glad they are like this because it made me a better dispatcher and I really appreciate their high standards. I would highly recommend Sheffield to anyone who is willing to study hard and is serious about obtaining a Dispatcher Certificate.” MC MC
    “Being that half my new hire class dropped out over the course of training, I can confidently say that Sheffield helped to prepare me for the real world.” GT – abridged testimonial – school selection matters
    “Going to Sheffield prepared me for the real world challenges of Aircraft Dispatching. I certainly believe that the method Sheffield used is one not only for success in a real world career, but also one that prepares students to correctly dispatch aircraft.” T.Z. Sidebar TZ
    “My experience at Sheffield and my exposure to other aircraft dispatchers that did not go to Sheffield has resulted in an awareness of the superior depth and quality of the training provided by the Sheffield instructors.” CD Sidebar CD
    “As a graduate of Sheffield School of Aeronautics I am a firm believer that I received the most thorough and well thought out aircraft dispatcher training available. I owe my position in the industry to Sheffield School of Aeronautics.” BF Sidebar BF
    “I entered my profession, with more knowledge and information than dispatchers who have been practicing their craft for more than ten years. Not only has Sheffield provided a top notch education, but they have also instilled in me the confidence to succeed.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    “Their reputation of excellence amongst the industry is second to none. Sheffield School of Aeronautics should be seen as the standard of how it can be done and how it should be done. I was hired at a major airline with no dispatch experience.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    “I am a month into my new job at a airline coming out of reorganization, and am helping the training department by referencing the excellent and up to date course book provided to all Sheffield grads.” RW RW
    “This was an amazing class! Always interesting! It was like drinking from a fire hose, but I have never enjoyed a course more than this one. Thank you for a great 5 weeks & EWINS!” R.S. R.S. Testimonial – 5-weeks & EWINS
    “I wanted to tell you I got the job offer from Expressjet, and start next month! I think a couple others from class were hired as well. It just shows the Sheffield reputation when I see graduates from other schools complaining that they can’t get an interview – I wasn’t even back home to Minneapolis […] Dan Gustafson
    “After receiving my certificate, I joined a class of 4 experienced dispatchers for Part 121 initial training. Without experience, my preparation at Sheffield enabled me to become active at the same time after the initial training.” PR PR
  • Online Catalog

    Sheffield Flight Dispatch Training Catalog

  • Connect