Buttigieg urges travelers to respect mask mandates on planes

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg hosts a press conference following a tour of East Point, Ga., Friday, May 21, 2021. Senator Jon Ossoff, Senator Raphael Warnock, U.S. Rep Nikema Williams and MARTA CEO Jeffrey Parker joined the tour. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Sunday urged travelers to respect flight attendants and other crew members who enforce federal mask mandates on planes, pledging strict federal enforcement against such abuse at a time of increasingly unruly behavior by passengers.