At Lincoln Airport, Some Travelers Are Happy To Not Wear A Mask Anymore

April 19, 2022, 4:45 p.m. ·

Lincoln airport terminal. On the left side there's a woman wearing a mask and holding a black suitcase and hand bag.
People wait inside the Lincoln Airport for their trips. (Photo by Melissa Rosales, Nebraska Public Media News)

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Passengers on public transportation won't need to wear a face mask in Nebraska, following a new announcement Monday from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) after a ruling that overturned the CDC’s mask mandate extension. Nebraska Public Media News talked to some travelers after their flights arrived at Lincoln's airport.

Local Nebraskan Alex Beeman and his family just came back from a vacation trip in Denver, Colorado. While waiting for their Uber ride, Beeman talked about his first flight without a mask on.

"Oh it was a lot nicer like I could actually breathe in the flight and it was definitely a better flight for me," he said.

Most people on the flight weren’t wearing masks, said Heather Stake-Vanneman.

"I love to see people's faces [and] smiles," she said. "Finally, I greeted the flight attendants and the pilots and said ‘Nice to see your handsome and beautiful smiles.’ And they said, ‘Same as you."

Stake-Vanneman works part time for United Airlines in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She’s excited to work this weekend because she said communication will be easier.