In light of a court order this week that declared mask laws on federal planes unconstitutional, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced it will no longer enforce them at airports.
“The agencies are looking at the decision and considering future options,” a Biden administration source said. “CDC’s public transportation masking order is not in force at this time as a result of today’s court decision.”
The Health Freedom Defense Fund won a victory against Biden’s mask requirement for federal passengers. US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle sided with the group and found that the president’s order is unconstitutional.
Mizelle, a former Pres. Donald Trump appointee, wrote:
“It is obvious that the general public has a significant interest in preventing Covid-19 from spreading. In order to achieve that goal, the CDC enacted the mask requirement. However, the regulation exceeded the CDC’s legal authority, employed the good cause exception to notice and comment rule making incorrectly, and did not adequately explain its decisions. Because our system does not allow agencies to act illegally for any purpose, the court finds that unlawful and ends the mask mandate.”
“As a result, TSA will not enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment, which state that passengers must wear masks on public transportation and transportation hubs,” the Biden official added. CDC advises individuals to continue using face masks in indoor public transport areas.
In a tweet, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) praised Judge Mizelle’s decision to reject the Biden mask mandate. “It’s wonderful to see a federal judge in the state of Florida reject the Biden transportation mask order,” he added. Both airline workers and passengers deserve to be relieved of this misery.
The CDC made the announcement last week that the face mask requirement for federal public transportation will be prolonged by 15 days, ending on May 3. This announcement was before Judge Mizelle’s decision.
During this week’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki termed the judge’s decision “disappointing.” The CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services are “reviewing the decision,” according to Psaki, while the Department of Justice would make any decisions regarding litigation.
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