Passengers aboard airliners celebrated Monday after the TSA said it would no longer enforce federal mask mandates aboard flights and at airports following a Florida district court judge’s ruling.
Footage going viral on social media shows passengers aboard a Delta Airline flight celebrating after the pilot stepped into the cabin to personally make the announcement.
Mid flight a pilot announces the removal of the mask mandate.
Travellers respond by removing their masks and clapping.
— Marie Oakes (@TheMarieOakes) April 19, 2022
William LeGate, who filmed and posted the video to Twitter, said flight attendants gave free drinks to customers in celebration of the masks coming off.
Flight attendants on my @Delta flight are giving everyone free alcohol, “in celebration of the masks coming off”
— LeGate (founder @ GoodPillow™) (@williamlegate) April 19, 2022
A person on another Delta flight filmed their flight attendant giving passengers the happy news, with customers giving a similar reaction.
On Delta, announcing the end of their mask mandate.
Can you hear the people sing? pic.twitter.com/alIO79BvXE
— Aaron Ginn (@aginnt) April 18, 2022
Alaska Air passengers also cheered after their pilot announced masks were now optional.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your pilot speaking. This is the most important announcement I’ve ever made. The federal mask mandate is over. Take off your mask if you choose!”
— Ben Dietderich (@ben_dietd) April 18, 2022
An Allegiant Airline flight attendant was also filmed telling customers masks were no longer mandated.
Flights tonight have to make the mask announcement! Woo hoo! pic.twitter.com/OovmsrhXoF
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) April 19, 2022
By Monday evening United, Alaska, American, Delta and Southwest Airlines had all made masks optional; CEOs for all five airlines had penned a joint letter last month requesting an end to the mandates based on high vaccinations rates and low infection, death and hospitalization rates.
They just announced on my flight the mask mandate for flights is over! pic.twitter.com/iRnkFly2w9
— Rennie Cook (@renniecook) April 18, 2022
More on this as it develops…