TSA extends mask mandate for transportation through Jan. 18

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The Biden administration extended the mask mandate for transportation through mid-January.
A "Face Masks Required" sign at Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) in Springfield, Missouri, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021.

"The purpose of TSA's mask directive is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation," the agency said in a statement.

The measure is the latest sign of persistent concerns within the federal government about the spread of Covid-19. Airlines including Southwest and Spirit have warned about a drop in bookings and higher cancellations, trends they blamed on the fast-spreading delta variant of the coronavirus .

The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday extended a federal requirement that travelers wear masks on commercial…
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