CHECK: No, masks are not mandatory on all types of flight, but are mandatory for all commercial travel
A federal decree requires passengers to wear a mask on all commercial flights. But what about those who are not commercial?
AUSTIN, Texas –
Is everyone traveling by plane subject to the federal mask mandate?
No. If passengers are on board a private plane operated for personal, non-commercial purposes, the mask requirement does not apply.
This is one of the photos shared by Texas Democrats regarding their flight to Washington, DC On July 12, nearly 60 Texas lawmakers abandoned the special session. Some of them then tested positive for COVID-19.
In photos released by Democrats, we found people pointing out the lack of face masks. So we dug into the regulations around private flights.
“Well the answer is yes and no. So what do I mean? Private jets work in two ways. One is part 91, which means you own the plane. ‘Just use for your business or to fly your family and friends for’ 91 ‘operations. You are not required to wear a face mask on the plane. Part 135 would relate to jet cards or charter flights “So you pay to charter a plane. Those types of operations, yes. You have to wear a face mask,” Gollan said.
the CDC command shows that “people should wear face masks over their mouths and noses when traveling in transportation to and within the United States”
“This decree exempts the following categories of means of transport, including persons on board these means of transport:
- Private means of transport operated solely for personal, non-commercial use.
the four TSA guidelines all have the same exemption.
“You do that if you’re using an on-demand airline, which is no different from an airline, just using smaller business or general aviation type jets. The only group that doesn’t have to wear a mask is the one in their own private plane that they own and operate themselves, ”Waguespack said.
“You always have to wear a face mask in terminals, but just like in regular airports, outdoors you don’t. So if you are taken to the side of the plane you own, you can get out. You would be outside the private jet terminal. When you get on your plane, you don’t have to wear a face mask, ”Gollan said.
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