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Tension and violence onboard airplanes is soaring, but the CDC still wants flyers to wear masks because the unvaccinated are 'extremely vulnerable'

Tension and violence onboard airplanes is soaring, but the CDC still wants flyers to wear masks because the unvaccinated are 'extremely vulnerable'

Travelers have been required to wear masks on airplanes for more than one year.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is against lifting the mask mandate on airplanes.




The Transportation Security Administration's current mask mandate expires on September 13 but may be extended.




Thousands of travelers have been banned from airlines for not wearing masks.




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Wearing masks onboard airplanes is here to stay.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has come out against lifting the federal mask mandate that requires travelers to don face coverings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus when using transportation modes including air, rail, and bus."The truth is that the unvaccinated portion that's out there is extremely vulnerable," Marty Cetron, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of global migration and quarantine, told Reuters on Thursday.President Joe Biden first directed agencies to create mask mandates for transportation in January and CDC soon followed up with an order that codified mask mandates on commercial and public transportation into federal law.
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