Mask mandate lifted at Helena airport

Phil Drake

The Helena Regional Airport received word Monday night from the Transportation Security Administration that the mask mandate had been lifted and took action accordingly, its director said.

“I just now received word that TSA has removed the security directive requiring masks in the airport, so we are taking down the signs and removing that mandate in the airport,” Jeff Wadekamper said about 8:20 p.m. Monday.

Helena Regional Airport Director Jeff Wadekamper is pictured in 2019. 

Thom Bridge

Earlier in the day, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle vacated the mask requirement nationwide and directed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reverse the policy put in place in February 2021, for airplanes, trains and other public transportation. A few hours later the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said orders requiring masks on public transportation would no longer be enforced, although both agencies recommended their continued use.

The ruling from the Florida-based judge was handed down in a lawsuit filed last year by the Health Freedom Defense Fund, a

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