Federal Court Bucks Biden’s Latest Mandate, Leaving Administration Reeling

Federal Court Bucks Biden's Latest Mandate, Leaving Administration Reeling

(LibertySociety.com) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently extended the federal mask mandate for public transportation travelers, which was originally set to expire on April 18. US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle struck down the measure entirely on the expiration date. She said the CDC didn’t properly “justify its decision” when extending the masking requirements.

In her ruling, the judge said she understands the CDC placed the mask mandate to decrease coronavirus transmission rates but said that reason was insufficient to “establish good cause” for the extension. The decision disappointed the Biden administration, and representatives commented the ruling goes against CDC recommendations.

Although the TSA will no longer enforce mask-wearing on planes or in airports, the CDC encourages travelers to use them. Still, many airlines attest to the efficiency of airplane air filters and in-flight cabin air-flow design lowering the likelihood of disease transmission. Delta and United immediately dropped their mask mandate requirement on all flights, while Southwest, Frontier, Alaska Airlines, and JetBlue switched their policies to optional. Philadelphia International Airport opted to keep its mask mandate intact.

The MTA in New York City, Chicago, and parts of California also decided to keep their mask mandates, while Washington, DC and New Jersey lifted the requirement.

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