April 29, 2020

Chair DeFazio Urges FAA Administrator to Require Face Masks for Passengers and Crew on All U.S. Flights and to Ensure Safe Spacing Between Passengers

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement:

“As our Nation confronts this devastating public health crisis, it is incumbent on every Federal agency to provide clear, consistent requirements that put the health and well-being of all Americans first. Accordingly, today I urged FAA Administrator Dickson to require masks or other face coverings for all crewmembers and passengers on U.S. flights. I further urged him to require airlines to adopt reasonable, sound procedures for ensuring that passengers are spaced at safe distances from one another, given new medical findings regarding the transmissibility of this insidious disease. I believe these measures are not only well within the FAA’s jurisdiction, but are also essential to protect frontline airline employees as well as the members of the flying public who still must travel during the pandemic.”