The Metropolitan Airports Commission board, operator of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), voted today to require face masks for everyone in the terminal effective on Monday, July 27. Minnesota’s international airport joins a growing list of U.S. airports with the requirement, including LAX (Los Angeles International), BWI (Baltimore-Washington), DFW (Dallas-Ft. Worth) and DAL (Dallas Love Field), IAH (Bush Intercontinental) and HOU (Houston Hobby), DIA (Denver International), PHX (Phoenix Sky Harbor), Chicago O’Hare (ORD), Midway (MDW), and all three major New York City airports, LaGuardia, JFK and Newark Inernational. In fact, 23 of the 25 busiest airports in the country now require both airport staff and travelers to wear masks when in the terminal building.
Several airports implemented a mask mandate long ago, so MSP is playing catch-up in this regard. In fact, LAX was one of the first requiring face coverings back on May 11. But, given the realization that COVID19 isn’t going away anytime soon, better late than never works just fine.
Travelers and guests who may be accompanying them prior to clearing security will be provided with a mask free-of-charge at the terminal entrance. Children under age 2 will not have to wear a mask, nor do travelers with disabilities or health issues that preclude them from doing so.
All major U.S. airlines require face masks be worn in the boarding area, while in the jetway, as well as for the duration of the flight. The message is being heard loud and clear: Stop the spread. Wear a mask.