Two major U.S. airlines have announced that they will continue to enforce Democrat President Joe Biden’s mask mandate on public transportation despite a federal judge ruling on Monday that the mandate was “unlawful” and that it must be “terminate[d].”
“Both United and American Airlines tell @ABC they will continue to require masks on board aircraft for customers and employees, ‘despite the decision by a federal judge on Monday that struck down the federal mask mandate’ as they await on more guidance from the US government,” The Denver Channel, a local ABC News affiliate, tweeted.
This comes after a federal judge in Florida voided President Joe Biden’s national mask mandate, which requires masks be worn on airplanes and other forms of public transportation.
The Associated Press reported: “The decision Monday by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa also said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention improperly failed to justify its decision and did not follow proper rulemaking.”
Judge Mizelle explained: “The CDC recently extended the mask mandate, which was set to expire on April 18, until May 3 to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus that is now responsible for the vast majority of cases in the U.S.”
Mizelle was appointed to her position by former President Donald Trump. Her Monday ruling closed a case filed by the Health Freedom Defense Fund.
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