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Forgot to bring your mask to the airport? This federal program might save your day

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 6/14/2020 Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY
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Headed to the airport and forgot your face mask? The U.S. government may be coming to the rescue.

The Department of Transportation said Friday it will be providing nearly 100 million masks to airports, railroads and transit agencies for passenger use to help protect from coronavirus.

The cloth masks could be a nice boost for airlines that have imposed the mask requirement and have been providing them to passengers who show up without one. Delta, American, United and Southwest are among the carriers that provide masks if a passenger didn't bring one. The move comes as air travel has been picking up, making social distancing on planes more difficult, and as some states are reporting a surge in cases of COVID-19.

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The vast majority of the masks, some 86.8 million, will go to airports, DOT announced. At least one airport, McCarran International in Las Vegas, has added mask vending machines.


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The DOT said an additional 9.6 million masks will go to transit agencies and Amtrak over the next .

All the masks are in addition to more than 15 million that the DOT previously said would go to transportation workers.

“This Administration is committed to protecting our people and reopening the economy," said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement. "Distributing these facial coverings will help boost public confidence as we begin to resume our normal lives.” 

Contributing: Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY

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