Effective February 2, Masks Required at U.S. Airports and on Aircraft

In accordance with Presidential Executive Order and related mandates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), all persons must wear masks when traveling by air and while at airports. At Kansas City International Airport this includes all aircraft and buses, and areas inside and outside of terminals, garages, and other buildings on property.

Federal law requires wearing a mask at all times in and on airport property and failure to comply may result in removal and denial of re-entry. Refusing to wear a mask in or on the airport is a violation of federal law; individuals may be subject to penalties under federal law.

By definition, “mask” means a material covering the nose and mouth of the wearer. The mask can be homemade. Face shields are not acceptable.

The directive includes three exemptions:

    • Children under the age of 2.
    • People with disabilities who cannot wear a mask, or cannot safely wear a mask, because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
    • People for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to workplace health, safety, or job duty as determined by the relevant workplace safety guidelines or federal requirements.

More information: Executive Order, CDC, TSA.

The Kansas City Airport System is an Enterprise Fund Department of the City of Kansas City, Mo., and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general fund tax revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation, or maintenance of the airports in the system. Visit FlyKCI.com for more information.


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