Passengers Rejoice in Viral Videos as Airlines Ditch Mask Mandate

Videos and images of airline passengers happy following the announcement that face masks will no longer be a legal requirement have begun circulating on social media.

It comes after a ruling made by a judge on the jurisdiction of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) authority. Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, ruled that the federal mask mandate on airplanes, trains and busses "exceeded" the CDC's authority.

Following the ruling, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it would not enforce the mandate and airlines quickly announced that masking is now optional.

In a video that has gone viral on Twitter with over 200,000 views, a Delta flight attendant announced that masks had become optional for employees and customers.

Seconds later, cheers and applause are heard from the passengers, with one woman laughing gleefully.

In another video, which has been viewed over 1 million times, a pilot congratulated passengers on no longer having to wear a face mask.

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is your pilot speaking. This is the most important announcement I've ever made. The federal mask mandate is over. Take off your mask if you choose," the caption of the video read.

A round of applause also went up from the passengers.

Another video showed a pilot speaking to passengers directly about the mask mandate.

"On April 18, the Biden administration announced that the Transportation Security Administration will no longer enforce the federal mandate requiring masks on all U.S. airports and aircraft," the pilot said.

In the video, both flight attendants and passengers can be seen cheering and clapping, with one individual shouting out "finally."

The pilot then said that effective immediately, masks are optional for all staff and passengers.

In another short video, a male steward walking through a plane aisle while holding a plastic bag is seen telling flyers they can "throw away their masks."

Laughter, cheers and applause can be heard from the passengers. Another steward can be seen laughing in the background as her colleagues ask for the passengers' masks while singing.

Some passengers simply took to taking selfies on their flights to show that they and the other flyers no longer had to wear masks.

In a statement released on Monday by Delta Airlines, the airline said it "will continue to comply with the TSA Security Directive on masks until informed otherwise by the TSA."

United Airlines also released a statement, saying: "Effective immediately, masks are no longer required at United on domestic flights, select international flights (dependent upon the arrival country's mask requirements) or at U.S. airports."

A spokesperson for Allegiant Airlines told Newsweek that its "mask policy remains unchanged at this time."

"This is a dynamic situation that we are closely monitoring, as we're anticipating further clarification on the implementation of the judge's order," the Allegiant spokesperson said.

Newsweek also reached out to American Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest, Alaska Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines for comment.

In addition to airlines, the federal mask mandate also applied to trains and buses in the U.S.

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Stock image of a pilot speaking into his mouth piece. Passengers have rejoiced in viral videos as airlines ditch mask mandates. Getty Images