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Masks now required at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

The rule went into effect Friday in accordance with the statewide mandate.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As North Carolina's mask mandate takes effect, masks will now be required at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The airport has come under some scrutiny as photos making the rounds on social media photos show packed terminals and common areas.

Photos show a packed food court and cramped terminals, with not much social distancing visible, and not everyone wearing masks. 

But Saturday marked the first full day under North Carolina's new mask mandate — what once was a recommendation is now a requirement, with some exceptions. 

Charlotte Douglas International Airport officials released a statement saying all visitors, travelers and personnel will be required to wear a mask going forward, with some exceptions. The rule went into effect Friday in accordance with the statewide mandate.

Anyone who doesn't have a mask will have to wear one provided by the airport, which will be handed out at TSA checkpoints and the visitor information counter near the baggage claim.

Weekend travelers moving through were mostly heeding the mask mandate as airlines and airports work together to make travelers feel as safe as possible. 

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