A Washington D.C. resident has filed a lawsuit against seven airlines, accusing them of discriminatory practices over mask requirements.
The lawsuit argues that airlines are discriminating against people who suffer from medical conditions that prevent them from wearing masks and face coverings, which are mandated on flights. The complaint alleges that the companies are violating Air Carrier Access Act, which does not allow commercial airlines to discriminate against passengers with disabilities.
The defendants in the lawsuits are Allegiant Air, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and JetBlue Airways.
The plaintiff: The lawsuit was filed by Washington D.C. resident Lucas Wall who says he has Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
“The airlines are being terribly discriminatory to anyone with a medical condition who can’t tolerate wearing a face mask,” Wall told 7News. “When I try to put on a mask it just triggers a breathing difficulty with me. I start feeling a panic attack.”
His statement on the lawsuit: “This case does not turn on the facts. The evidence is indisputable that all seven defendants for the past year or so during the COVID-19 pandemic have illegally discriminated against potentially millions of flyers with disabilities in refusing to grant any mask exemptions and/or requiring such an onerous exemption process that travelers such as myself with a medical condition that makes it impossible for them to cover their face are essentially banned from using the nation’s commercial aviation system,” Wall said in a press release on Monday.
Not a first: Wall has also filed a lawsuit against the Center for Disease and Control, the Transportation Security Administration, and the Biden administration that seeks to get rid of the federal mask requirement on transportation systems.
“I want the entire federal transportation mask mandate struck down. I’m going to be seeking an emergency order from the court in Orlando to do that. One of my arguments will be under the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution, the President, the CDC, the TSA, they have no authority to regulate public health matters solely within a state,” Wall said.
“Biden has no legal authority to do that. It’s long past time this illegal and what I argue unconstitutional restriction to be removed,” he added.
Wall explained to WUSA9 that he was turned away from Southwest Airlines in March despite showing a medical exemption form. The airplane said he had to submit it seven days ahead of the flight but Wall booked it two days in advance.
“More than half the country [age twelve or older] is fully vaccinated. We’ve been told May 13 by C.D.C. we don’t need to wear masks anymore. And yet, the transportation mandate is still in place,” he told the station.
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