Masks now optional at Boise Airport following change in guidance

Posted at 11:27 AM, Apr 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-20 15:32:44-04

The Boise Airport will no longer require passengers to wear face masks after the federal mandate was voided Monday by a Florida judge.

“People are electing to wear masks or not wear masks inside the airport and it's completely up to their own discretion,” Shawna Samuelson said.

Masks are now optional for those traveling through the Boise Airport, but passengers are encouraged to check with their specific airline.

“The Boise airport is part of the City of Boise so without a federal mandate, we will look to the city for our guidance on masking policies,” Samuelson said.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa voided the national mandate Monday, saying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention failed to justify its decision and then did not follow proper rule making.

“So passengers will need to look at their destination airport as well as their airlines to understand masking requirements there," Samuelson said. "It's always good to have a mask handy while you're traveling.”

Alaska Airlines announced Monday evening masks will now be optional on their flights, along with several other airlines.