Transcript for Biden mandating masks for interstate travelers nationwide
the changes in travel coming to planes, trains and buses. President Biden mandating masks for interstate travelers in a nationwide approach towards beating the pandemic and ABC's gio Benitez joins us from Newark liberty airport with what all that means for you as you're traveling out there. Gio, good morning. Reporter: Hey, whit, good morning to you. U.S. Airlines have banned more than 3,000 people for not wearing a mask, but these were policies the companies had to come up with on their own. Now the feds are stepping in and that means violators could face some serious consequences. This morning, new travel rules are on the way following president Biden's wide-ranging executive order. For the first time since the pandemic began, the federal government will mandate mask wearing on planes, trains, buses and at airports. It's been 273 days since our union afacwa called for a national mask mandate for passengers and crew. Reporter: Taylor Garland is with America's largest flight attendants union which has been begging for such a measure. Why is it so important to have a federal mask mandate? There is a difference when we are able to say to passengers, this is a federal law or this is a federal mandate. It carries much more weight than the airline's policy. It has escalated into physical altercations between passengers and flight attendants. Reporter: The calls for a federal mandate intensified after incidents like these were caught on camera. This is insane. Absolutely insane. So we don't even have a choice anymore. Reporter: Some passengers refusing to comply with airline mask rules saying it wasn't the law. I'm just being told this is the law, but it's not the law. This is what American follows. If you do not wear a mask, we'll ask you to come off the aircraft. Reporter: Now word the order will restrict who can come into the country, saying all international passengers must first produce a negative covid test before flying into the U.S. Now, we don't know just yet when these new policies will be put into effect or how they will be enforced. Meanwhile, in other airline news united's CEO Scott Kirby saying this week he wants united and a other company toss mandate vaccines for all employees, that is if they can figure out all the logistical challenges. Clearly a lot going on in the
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