TSA announces it won’t enforce Biden mask mandate at airports after Trump-appointed judge overturns

President Joe Biden’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced late Monday that it will not enforce mask warrants at airports in light of a judge’s order Monday that declared warrants on planes illegal. federal.

“Agencies are reviewing the decision and evaluating potential next steps,” a Biden administration official said. mentioned. “In the meantime, today’s court ruling means the CDC’s public transportation masking order is not in effect at this time.”

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle sided with the Health Freedom Defense Fund and ruled that Biden’s mask mandate for federal travelers was illegal.

Mizelle, a former appointee of President Donald Trump, wrote:

It is indisputable that the public has a strong interest in combating the spread of Covid-19. In pursuit of that end, the CDC issued the mask warrant. But the terms of reference exceeded the CDC’s statutory authority, improperly invoked the just cause exception to notice and comment rulemaking, and failed to adequately explain its decisions. Because our system does not allow agencies to act illegally even in pursuit of desirable ends, the court declares illegal and voids the mask warrant.

“As a result, the TSA will not be enforcing its safety guidelines and emergency amendment requiring the use of masks on public transportation and transportation hubs at this time,” the Biden official said. continued. “The CDC recommends that people continue to wear masks on indoor public transportation.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) applauded Judge Mizelle’s decision in a tweet. “It’s great to see a federal judge in Florida follow the law and reject the Biden mask-carrying warrant,” DeSantis wrote. “Airline workers and passengers deserve an end to this misery.”

Last week, ahead of Judge Mizelle’s ruling, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the mask mandate for federal public transportation would be extended an additional 15 days, beginning May 3.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the judge’s decision “disappointing” during Monday’s White House press briefing. PSAki added that the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services are “reviewing the decision and of course the Department of Justice will make decisions regarding any litigation.”


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