TSA Will No Longer Enforce Masking Rules on Planes, Public Transit

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The TSA will no longer be enforcing masking rules on planes and other forms of public transit, following a court ruling by a judge in Florida.

The federal judge in Florida ruled on Monday that the CDC overstepped its authority when issuing a mask mandate for planes and other forms of public transit.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at a news conference on Monday that the Biden Administration is reviewing the decision by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle. The Justice Department will be determining whether they will appeal the ruling.

Following the ruling by Judge Mizelle, United Airlines quickly released a statement lifting their masking rules. The statement read:

“While this means that our employees are no longer required to wear a mask – and no longer have to enforce a mask requirement for most of the flying public – they will be able to wear masks if they choose to do so, as the CDC continues to strongly recommend wearing a mask on public transit,”

Delta Airlines and a number of other airlines made statements similar to the one from United Airlines.

The court ruling comes about a week after the CDC extended the mask mandate for another 15 days. It is important to mention, despite the ruling by Judge Mizelle, the CDC continues to recommend passengers wear masks on public transit.

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