The U.S. Travel Association called on the Biden administration to phase out the mask requirement for travel on airlines and transportation services. The government has extended the federal mask mandate until April 18 for individuals across all transportation networks throughout the US, including at airports, onboard commercial aircraft, on over-the-road buses, and on commuter bus and rail systems. In a statement, Roger Dow, CEO of U.S. Travel, said the administration “urgently needs to send a clear message to the American public and the world that it is safe to travel again, particularly for vaccinated individuals.” U.S. Travel, he said, continues to urge the federal government to phase out the mask requirement and put forward a clear plan for travelers within this 30-day period. The travel industry, said Dow, continues to be challenged with a slow economic recovery, especially in the business and international travel segments. The Biden administration, said a U.S. Travel statement, can help to normalize travel conditions by repealing both the pre-departure testing requirement for vaccinated international inbound air travelers and the federal mask mandate. On Feb. 25, when new guidance was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that relaxed many COVID-era policies —including indoor mask wearing — U.S. Travel, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Airlines for America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce appealed in a letter to Jeffrey Zients, White House coronavirus response coordinator, to replace pandemic-era travel advisories, requirements and restrictions with “endemic-focused policies that enable travel to resume fully and safely and the American economy to accelerate its recovery.”