ST. LOUIS – St. Louis-Lambert International Airport announced Tuesday it will no longer enforce the federal mask mandate. This comes after the Transportation Security Administration announced that it is no longer enforcing a mask mandate for travel after a federal judge struck down the mandate extension on Monday.

Lambert said face masks are no longer required for passengers, visitors, or employees at the airport. But, the CDC still recommends people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.

Lambert passenger Bradley Becque said, “I think we all kind of understand that the coronavirus isn’t going anywhere. That it’s going to be with us for five or six years, whatever they are projecting. Getting back to doing things we’re kind of accustomed to doing and taking some general risks is nice.”

Anyone traveling should check with their airlines and destinations for rules regarding face masks. Delta, United, Southwest, American, and Alaskan Airlines took to Twitter Monday saying masks are now optional for both customers and employees.

Traveler Dennis Kiefer still has a mask in his bag just in case the rules change again.

“I’m not going to be a rebel or anything like that, and I don’t want to be a problem. But I have it if I need it. If I don’t need it, and I’m not told I need to wear it, I won’t wear it,” Kiefer said.

Becky Coker said, “I don’t mind that they are optional, but I think that people that want to continue wearing them should not be looked down upon. Because there are a lot of people that have conditions…I do myself.”

Meanwhile, Metro Transit also said it will no longer require face coverings in a statement released Monday:

On April 18, 2022, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rescinded its order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at public transportation hubs. While Metro Transit encourages CDC recommendations for masking, it will no longer require face coverings or enforce mask-wearing on the system. This does not preclude employees or passengers from the optional use of wearing masks.