Casper-Natrona County International Airport reflects on mask mandate being lifted

Published: May. 3, 2022 at 8:44 AM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On April 18th, a Federal Judge in Florida overturned the CDC’s mask mandate for public transportation. Now, people across the country are flying to their destinations mask free, and many passengers at Casper-Natrona County International Airport couldn’t be more excited.

Even the airport staff says they have noticed a change in passenger’s behavior since the mandate was lifted.

“It just seems like people are happier, more comfortable traveling now, not having to wear the masks through the terminal building either getting on flights or getting off flights,” said Glenn Januska, the airport director.

Januska says that leisure travel remained steady over the last two years, however, many businesses restricted employee travel during this time. He hopes to see those travelers return soon.

“I think this is just another indication that we are getting closer to what was normal pre-covid. That’s the one thing we have not seen come back fully yet is the business travel and hopefully this is an indication that will happen pretty soon,” said Januska.

And although passengers seem to be more comfortable, it’s hard to predict how much lifting this mandate will help.

“Nobody knows what the industry is going to be, so we will see that as it transpires but we certainly hope we will start seeing the business travel pick up,” said Januska.

Januska encourages passengers to continue practicing what makes them feel safe in the sky.

“If they feel more comfortable traveling with masks on that they do that and that’s great. We just encourage people to want to get back to travel,” said Januska.

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