City of Wichita drops mask mandate for airport, other public transportation
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The City of Wichita is no longer requiring face masks at public transportation vehicles and facilities including Eisenhower National Airport.
The move comes a day after a federal judge struck down the Biden administration's mask mandate for airplanes and other public transport methods.
"In accordance with this decision, face masks will no longer be required at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport, at Wichita Transit facilities or on Wichita Transit vehicles," the city announced Tuesday.
“It kind of just makes everything feel like it's going back to the way it was before," said traveler Mason Lee, "because, I mean, don't have to worry about it, don't have to worry about where your mask is at all times. Just easier on everybody.”
As far as wearing masks on planes, it's now it to each airline whether to require them. But every airline that operates in Wichita has announced they are not requiring masks.
The CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.