Don’t ditch your mask just yet

On Wednesday, the U.S. Justice Department appealed a judge’s ruling ending a mask mandate on public transportation and airplanes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated the degree was nevertheless wished.

This comes after a U.S. district choose ruled that mandates, which observe to planes, trains, and different public transportation, were illegal.

The CDC stated it requested the Justice Department to continue with the appeal and that “an order requiring protecting inside the indoor transportation hall remains necessary for the public fitness.”

Airlines and airports, bus strains, and Amtrak dropped the mandate Monday nighttime within hours of the TSA pronouncing that it would not implement the mandate, which become set to expire on May three.

Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration released the cutting-edge unruly passenger numbers. It also announced that the company’s 0-tolerance policy against unruly passengers might now be permanent.

Mask mandate off. For now.

On Monday a federal choose in Florida struck down the Biden administration’s mandate requiring mask to be worn in airports, on airplanes, trains, buses, and on different forms of public transportation.

The ruling is being reviewed. But past due Monday, the Transportation Security Administration issued a statement informing the public that:

Due to today’s court ruling, effective immediately, TSA will now not put into effect its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring masks use on public transportation and transportation hubs. TSA may also rescind the new Security Directives that had been scheduled to take effect the following day. CDC continues to endorse that humans put on masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.

TSA’s declaration was accompanied through messages from airports and airways announcing they too might now not put into effect the masks mandate.

Here are more than one airport tweets on the issue. Note the tweet from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) where mask are nonetheless required.

Airlines had been quite quick to claim that they could no longer be requiring passengers to wear mask on board both.

American Airlines, Alaska Airines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, Sun Country, United Airlines and maximum each different airline issued a announcement and/or despatched out a social media post.

You might also – and perhaps must – still wear a mask when you travel

While masks can also not be required when visiting, it is able to still be a great idea to put on a masks in busy airports and on airplanes and on public transporation to and from the airport.

Coronavirus infections are on the upward push in lots of groups and you, or someone around you, can be immunocompromised and easily prone to the present day COVID variant, the flu, or whatever else can be going around.

There also are nevertheless loads of unvaccinated humans available. So sporting a masks is an easy way to protect your self and people around you.

If you make a decision to not put on a masks when journeying, please be respectful of individuals who hold to put on them.

Airports vs. the Zika virus

At Fort Lauderdale, Zika virus information is on display screens, right nex to the flight information screens_courtesy FLL Airport

My most recent “At the Airport” column for USA TODAY takes a study how airports are working to train tourists about the Zika virus – and make sure airport grounds don’t end up any other breeding floor for the virus.

Shops and newsstands, along with those run by the Hudson Group in Chicago O’Hare, Seattle-Tacoma and Orlando International Airports, are ensuring to hold several manufacturers of insect repellant, which include OFF! Deep Woods and Cutter.

At Miami International Airport, an advisory (in English and Spanish) from the Centers for Disease Control is on show in passport clearance regions and airport personnel had been issued playing cards educating them the way to recognize and respond to passengers with communicable illnesses, consisting of Zika.

At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Zika prevention messages from the CDC (in English and Spanish) are the front and center proper subsequent to many flight show monitors.

And at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, signs and symptoms have been placed in the course of the airport, at the U.S. Customs location and in Baggage claim alerting travelers about the Zika virus and imparting pointers on protection and prevention measures. The airport has additionally made certain EPA-registered insect repellents are to be had for buy in airport newsstands.

Orlando International Airport and both airports in Houston have Zika virus plans in vicinity as well.

“Working along with our community partners, we sense those steps are not most effective suitable but important to demonstrate our efforts at protective our passengers and personnel,” Orlando International said in a statement that mentioned its plan.

ZIKA_Airport_sign from Houston

And, among the techniques in vicinity on the Houston airports are reminders to personnel of the “four D’s”: Drain (get rid of standing water); Dress (put on lengthy sleeves, pants and socks); Dusk/Dawn (avoid those peak mosquito instances) and DEET (use proper repellants).

What else do you want to know in case you are heading somewhere in which instances of the Zika virus had been confirmed?

“Bring plenty of mosquito repellent, long shirts and pants, and a full-coverage hat,” advises Julia Cosgrove, AFAR’s editor in leader. “Avoid areas where there’s status water. And, if you are at the coast, live close to the seashore where there’s wind and comparatively few mosquitoes.”

Ebola and airports

Ebola jPG

Lots within the news right now about Ebola and airports.

On Wednesday (October eight, 2014) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs & Border Protection (CBP) announced new entry screening strategies for the 5 U.S. airports that receive over ninety four percentage of vacationers from the Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

New York’s JFK International Airport will start the brand new screening on Saturday. Enhanced access screening at Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago-O’Hare, and Atlanta international airports will start next week.

The CDC issued this reality sheet detailing the screening approaches and the precautions to be able to be taken on the five U.S. airports and in addition to the Ebola screening procedure underway for travelers leaving the affected nations.

Meanwhile, other airports across the usa are issuing statements designed to reassure passengers that proper precautions are in location.

Orlando International Airport, as an instance, issued a assertion telling tourists that “Airport Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) and emergency scientific paramedics are on responsibility 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and comply with mounted methods and protocols already in region if there's an illustration of a passenger showing signs and symptoms and a tour records associated with the sickness.”

The declaration also cited that “Orlando International Airport has NO direct or non-prevent service to the region of West Africa maximum identified with the Ebola outbreak.”

Get your flu shot on the airport

Should you get a flu shot?

It’s time to get a flu shot and being on the street all of the time isn’t an excuse anymore for fending off that task.

Especially on account that, as I wrote in my column on this week, there are extra than 23 airports in which you can get a flu shot on the fly.

Flu shot kiosk

Here’s the story:
Robert Gibbs remains busy strolling his advertising corporation and says finding time to nail down a medical doctor’s appointment is getting more difficult and more difficult.

So on Monday, when he arrived from Chicago and noticed that the Harmony Pharmacy save at New York’s JFK airport turned into presenting flu photographs, he took off his heavy tweed jacket and rolled up his blouse sleeve. “I’d shopped there before and just thought ‘Now is as proper a time as any.’ I didn’t experience bizarre in any respect,” stated Gibbs, “In truth, getting a flu shot even as strolling through the airport appeared pretty cool.”

First marketed to travelers with the aid of the medical medical institution at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport seven or 8 years ago, in-airport flu shots are being provided this year at clinics and temporary kiosks at close to two dozen airports stretching from Los Angeles to Miami.

“Flu prices Americans an anticipated $3 billion or greater each year in medical charges and indirect costs along with ignored work,” said Jeff Hamiel, executive director of the Metropolitan Airports Commission, in saying the 3 vaccination stations now open at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. “Making vaccinations to be had at the airport ensures that even the busiest travelers can take steps to live wholesome and effective.”

The CDC and Dr. Z agree

The 2010-2011 flu season started out in early October and, in line with the Atlanta-based totally Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the season will possibly top in January or February and probable stretch into the spring. CDC recommends every body 6 months or older get vaccinated and, not like remaining year, says it’s no longer essential to get a separate shot to protect in opposition to the seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus. “The 2010-2011 flu vaccine will guard towards an influenza A H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the 2009 H1N1 virus that induced so a whole lot contamination remaining season.”

At Chicago O’Hare, flu shots were available on the airport scientific medical institution due to the fact that August and at a stand-alone kiosk considering that Labor Day. “We don’t understand what the flu season can be like this year yet,” says Dr. John Zautcke, Medical Director of the UIC-O’Hare Medical Clinic, “But the flu is an uncongenial disease that kills folks who are antique and unwell and places human beings which might be young and healthful in bed for four-6 days.”

Zautcke says that similarly to frequent hand washing, masking your nose and mouth when sneezing and seeking to avoid near touch with ill humans – which can be tough to do on an airplane – “The high-quality element tourists can do to avoid the flu is get a flu shot.”

Plenty of vaccines however fewer sufferers

Starting in November closing year, there has been a nationwide shortage of the seasonal flu vaccine due to the fact pharmaceutical agencies switched to creating vaccines for the H1N1 virus. This 12 months, the vaccines are combined and there’s no shortage. But Jeff Butler of Flu*Ease, the business enterprise working flu shot kiosks at greater than a half-dozen airports, says airport flu pictures don’t appear to be selling as robustly as they've in beyond years. “I don’t realize whether or not it’s the moderate climate, final 12 months’s frenzy over H1N1 or the truth that human beings now have get right of entry to to flu pictures in so many shops and company offices,” says Butler.

“We’re locating the same aspect,” says Rosemary Kelly, executive vp of AeroClinic, which is providing flu pictures this 12 months at airports in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Baltimore and Minneapolis-St. Paul. “It just doesn’t seem to be as warm of a subject this year because it become ultimate yr.”

Not deterred

That isn’t preventing a few airports from increasing their flu shot offerings. This 12 months, San Diego International Airport has 5 vaccination stations in operation for the duration of the terminals. Four stations are located publish-protection, but one station is in a luggage declare vicinity to make it clean for meeters and greeters, and passengers picking up checked baggage, to get vaccinated while they wait. And at New York’s JFK Airport, Harmony Pharmacy is anticipating the very last OK to open a second flu-shot station; this one within the center of JetBlue’s Terminal 5, with the aid of the performance degree.

And the fact that the flu isn’t in the news proper now didn’t deter Diane Callen from getting her flu shot at the airport. Callen, a customer service agent at the Las Vegas airport, was robbed over the weekend. “Let’s just say I don’t need to fear approximately my rings anymore,” she said on Monday. After journeying the police station to fill out office work, Callen stopped on the Airport MD sales space at McCarran International Airport earlier than reporting for paintings. “It’s one of those matters I generally don’t do except it’s convenient and I figured the manner matters are going for me, I’d higher move get that flu shot.”

To see which airports are providing flu pictures – at clinics or at temporary kiosks – scroll down to the bottom of the object: Get your flu shot at the fly at an airport close to you.

You’ll discover a chart list list places, hours and prices for flu shots at 23 airports.

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