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Mask mandate extended until fall for Hector International Airport

TSA made the decision on Tuesday to extend the mask mandate until September 13. It was originally set to expire on May 11.
TSA made the decision on Tuesday to extend the mask mandate until September 13th. It was...
TSA made the decision on Tuesday to extend the mask mandate until September 13th. It was originally set to expire on May 11th. If you choose not to wear a mask, you will be removed from the building.(KVLY)
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 3:53 AM CDT
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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - As you prepare for your next business or leisure flight, you’ll want to pack a face mask or two. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended their mask mandate for passengers on planes, trains, and buses.

The decision was made Tuesday to extend the mask mandate until September 13. It was originally set to expire on May 11. The airports and their unions pushed for the extension.

Children up to age two and people with certain disabilities are exempt from having to wear a mask. If you choose not to wear a mask, you will be removed from the building. This goes for all flights available at the airport: Delta, United, American, Frontier and Allegiant. Before booking your trip, make sure to check the airlines rules.

“With the ever-changing rules on masks and mandates, follow what the CDC puts out, said Shawn Dobberstein, Executive Director, Municipal Airport Authority, “More importantly, follow what the airline has on their website or social media in terms of what to do and what to expect.”

The North Dakota Army National Guard is still at the airport offering rapid COVID-19 testing. Results come in just 15 minutes. The tests are available from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The airport saw a 30% drop between March of 2021 and March of 2019, but things are getting better. In April, the airport saw an increase in flights. The airport expects a significant increase when the state hits herd immunity.

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