Major airlines quickly ditch mask mandates after ruling by Florida judge

by Timothy Frudd

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Multiple airlines have announced an end to mask mandates in airplanes and airports following a district judge’s massive ruling that canceled the Biden administration’s restrictions on American travelers.

According to The Hill, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and JetBlue Airways have announced that employees and passengers will no longer be required to wear masks.

Instead, passengers and employees will have the option to decide whether or not to wear a mask while traveling.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle from Florida struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mask mandate on public transportation in a groundbreaking ruling for American freedom on Monday.

The judge ruled, “The Court concludes that the Mask Mandate exceeds the CDC’s statutory authority and violates the procedures required for agency rulemaking under the APA.” Because the court found the CDC to have exceeded its authority, the ruling stated, “The Court vacates the Mandate and remands it to the CDC.”

Following the ruling, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki expressed frustration, saying, “This is obviously a disappointing decision.” However, she urged Americans, “The CDC continues recommending wearing a mask in public transit.” 

While the Biden administration is disappointed that freedom is finally being restored to millions of Americans, the American people have been quick to celebrate the end of mask mandates for travel.

Video footage of pilots and attendants announcing the end of airline mask mandates shows the excitement of countless Americans who no longer have their freedoms restricted while traveling.

According to Fox Business, one pilot announced the news, exclaiming, “This is the most important announcement I’ve ever made…The federal mask mandate is over. Take off your mask if you choose!” 

As freedom has slowly been restored across the nation, the Biden administration and the CDC have refused to allow Americans to make their own decisions on mask wearing. However, airline companies have repeatedly expressed their disagreement with the administration.

In a recent letter to the Biden administration, the CEOs of several major airlines wrote, “It makes no sense that people are still required to wear masks on airplanes, yet are allowed to congregate in crowded restaurants, schools and at sporting events without masks, despite none of these venues having the protective air filtration system that aircraft do.”

With the courts now vacating the CDC’s mask mandate for public transportation, Americans can finally enjoy traveling without having their freedoms restricted.

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