Texas Senator Ted Cruz may not like wearing a mask to protect others from possible COVID19 exposure, but travelers at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport may not have the option for much longer. Cruz was captured in a photo earlier this week sans mask while waiting to board an American Airlines flight to Washington D.C. The mask is required by the airline in the boarding area, as well as on-board all AA flights. A later photo that same day showed the esteemed senator during the flight, also without his mask.
While many airports around the world already make wearing a mask mandatory throughout their terminals, MSP is not one of them. Travelers are “strongly encouraged” to wear a face covering, but that doesn’t quite do the trick, with some travelers opting not cover-up until the airline requires them to do so. The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) will be taking up this issue at its upcoming meeting on Monday, July 20. A proposed regulation mandating masks does allow exceptions for youngsters, while clearing security, as well as while dining or drinking in airport retail establishments.
With COVID19 cases exploding across the country and on the uptick in Minnesota, too, the time may have come for MSP Airport to tighten its mask regulations, too.