21 States Join Lawsuit To End Federal Mask Mandate On Airplanes, Public Transportation

Brett Rowland (The Center Square).

Twenty-one states have filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s continued mask mandate on public transportation, including on airplanes.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody lead the effort. Moody and 20 other general attorneys filed the lawsuit in United States District Court for Middle District of Florida. DeSantis claimed that the mandate for masks was misguided, and over-handed.

“Florida has led the nation in standing up to misguided federal government policies and fighting back against heavy-handed mandates that have no scientific backing,” DeSantis said in a statement. “If politicians and celebrities can attend the Super Bowl unmasked, every U.S. citizen should have the right to fly unmasked. It is well past time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and get back to normal life.”

This complaint is filed to repeal the public transport mask mandate. This complaint seeks to end the mask mandate on public transportation.

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The CDC’s existing order that has been in force for almost a year is due to expire March 18. According to the complaint the CDC extended this order up until April 18

In the complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief, the attorneys general argue the CDC’s mask mandate exceeds the agency’s authority.

Florida, Alabama (Arizona, Arkansas), Georgia, Idaho and West Virginia joined the legal challenge.

“People need to get from place to place without having their liberty infringed upon,” South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson said in a statement. “The chief executives of the major airlines are calling on President Biden to allow the mask mandate at airports and on planes to expire next month and they know what’s best for their passengers and employees. Even the president himself said in his State of the Union address a few weeks ago that, ‘COVID-19 need no longer control our lives.’”

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