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Attention TPA fliers and guests: Mask mandate extended into January 2022

Federal officials have extended its mask mandate for airline flights and public transportation, including Tampa International Airport, into January. The Transportation Security Administration's order had previously been set to expire on Sept. 13.

In recent weeks, TPA has seen an increase in the number of passengers and guests who are not wearing face coverings at the Airport, which is in violation of the Transportation Security Administration's mandate. Face coverings are required while at the Airport, including all trains, shuttles and terminal facilities, and while flying.

TPA's Guest Services team distributes between 200 and 300 face masks per day to guests who need them. This number has gone up significantly since the Centers for Disease Control changed its recommendation to allow vaccinated individuals to resume activities without wearing masks or physical distancing in many outdoor and indoor settings. 

"We are currently spending considerable time and resources reminding people to follow the federal mask mandate," said Adam Bouchard, TPA's Vice President of Operations. "We appreciate everyone's efforts to be in compliance with the mask mandate and to ensure the health and safety of all our passengers, guests and employees."