EAA Concerned About Federal Mask Mandates and Their Potential Effect On GA

Sat, Jan 30, 2021

DoT and Homeland Security May Enforce A Mask Mandate On Most Public Modes Of Interstate Travel

Our new President has been VERY busy signing a number of documents to impose control over a number of industries and actions — which will apparently change things dramatically in a number of areas… and transportation/aviation was not left out.

EAA is closely monitoring the FAA’s and TSA’s implementation of a recent White House executive order on mask mandates to ensure that it does not inappropriately impact general aviation operations.

The order, signed on January 21, directs the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security to enforce a mask mandate on most public modes of interstate travel. The order clearly targets “commercial aircraft,” among other forms of public transportation like trains and busses, but also calls for mask mandates at “airports” without offering specificity as to which facilities it is intended to cover.

While “commercial aircraft” can reasonably be taken to mean Part 121 airliners, the open-ended “airports” requirement could spill over to general aviation facilities, even private areas such as hangars, if interpreted overzealously. EAA is working to ensure that the implementation of the order remains limited to public transportation facilities such as airline terminals, and does not create any unreasonable “one size fits all” mandates that cover GA.

FMI: www.eaa.org

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