Face Coverings at RDU

All employees, travelers and other visitors to Raleigh-Durham International Airport are required to wear a face covering or mask in accordance with the State of North Carolina’s recent executive order. The face covering requirement went into effect Friday, June 26.

The face covering requirement pertains to all public spaces at RDU. Travelers should also check with their airline prior to coming to the airport, as airlines may require face coverings during flight.

Travelers can find masks at several of the Shops of RDU, including ink by Hudson (Gate D1), WRAL Travel Store (Gate D5), City Market News (Gate C8) and TripAdvisor (Gate C16).

Find the latest information about how RDU is responding to COVID-19 at RDU.com or via RDU’s social media accounts.


Is a face covering required at RDU?

All employees, travelers and other visitors to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) are required to wear a face covering or mask in accordance with N.C. Executive Order 147. The executive order includes several exceptions such as age and medical conditions that prevent an individual from wearing a face covering.


What constitutes a face covering?

A face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears or is simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of synthetic and natural fabrics, including cotton, silk, or linen. Ideally, a face covering has two (2) or more layers. A face covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts or towels. A face shield that covers the nose and mouth also meets the face covering requirements of the executive order.


Will RDU provide guests a face covering if they do not have one?

FEMA-issued masks are available at the terminal Guest Services information desks for guests who lost or forgot their mask (available while supplies last). Face coverings are also being sold in RDU’s terminal retail stores.


Where are you required to wear a face covering at RDU?

Guests age 11 and older must wear a face covering while in public areas of the airport, except when actively eating or drinking. The requirement excludes persons with behavioral health issues, disabilities or other reasons that mean they should not be required to wear a face covering.


Will RDU enforce North Carolina Executive Order 147 to wear a face covering?

Executive Order 147 requires everyone at the airport to wear a face covering, except for individuals who qualify under one of the exceptions.


Will I be cited for not wearing a face covering at the airport?

The executive order does not authorize law enforcement to issue citations for not wearing a face covering or criminally enforce the face covering requirement.


Will I be allowed to board my flight if I am not wearing a face covering?

All airlines operating at RDU require customers to wear a face covering onboard the aircraft and may refuse boarding privileges to customers not wearing a face covering.


Do I have to wear a face covering if I’m dropping off a customer at RDU?

You are not required to wear a face covering while inside your vehicle. However, if you leave your vehicle while at the airport, the executive order requires a face covering if you are or will be within six (6) feet of someone else.


Am I required to wear my face covering while eating at the airport?

A face covering is not required when actively eating or drinking.


Am I required to keep my face covering on while processing through security?

Travelers should wear a face covering while processing through security. TSA officers may ask an individual to adjust their face covering during the screening process for identification purposes, which is permitted under the executive order.


I have a medical condition, am I required to wear a face covering for air travel?

The executive order provides a face covering exception for individuals with behavioral health issues, disabilities or other reasons that mean they should not wear a face covering. Individuals who decline to wear a face covering are not required to provide documentation or proof of a condition that exempts them from the requirement.


Is my child required to wear a face covering at RDU?

Children under the age of 11 are not required to wear a face covering.


Are all airport employees required to wear a face covering?

All employees, travelers and other visitors to RDU are required to wear a face covering in public areas of the airport.


How long will I be required to wear a face covering at RDU?

North Carolina Executive Order 147 will remain in effect through July 17, 2020.