I'm travelling recently for the first time in a while. I understand the scope of the mask orders: in the airports and on the planes.
What confuses me is what authority ordered it and where does that authority come from?
Different people, signs at the airports, and websites are calling it all of the following, among a variety of less common combinations and apparent synonyms:
- Federal mandate
- Federal regulation
- Federal law
- Presidential order
- TSA regulation
- TSA rules
Additionally, they all mention fines and even imprisonment for non-compliance.
I'm especially confused how all American airports (not planes while in the air) are not subject to their local state jurisdiction instead.
And what would be the technically correct name for the order?