Philadelphia International Airport requiring masks for all passengers, staff

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- All passengers visiting Philadelphia International Airport will be required to wear face coverings starting Monday.

"Beginning May 11, all passengers, airport personnel and all personnel of a tenant or a subcontractor are required to wear a face covering which covers the individual's nose and mouth while on Airport premises, except to the extent the passenger or employee is eating or drinking, or is alone in the employee's office," the airport said Friday.

Until now, only TSA workers were required to wear face masks at the airport.

It was a rule that had the president of Philadelphia's TSA union livid.

Joseph Shuker, president of AFGE Local 333, said members were upset passengers did not have to wear masks. Now, he says for his employees' sake, he wishes airlines would only let essential employees travel since he fears an increase in travelers as airlines try to make up for lost revenue.

Passengers flying with United, Delta and Jetblue must already wear masks. Spirit, American, Southwest and Alaska airlines make it mandatory starting May 11.


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