States file lawsuit to end federal mask mandate for transportation

you still have this federal rule that was just extended requiring people to wear masks on planes. And it’s not something that’s based on any science, because if you have someone sitting on the window seat and they’re munching on peanuts for 2.5 hours, they can lower their mask. You have the person sitting in the middle who doesn’t eat if they just wanted to read a magazine without the mass. And either way, that would be a big deal. And that forces the airlines to control that. It’s created a lot of unruly passenger situations because it’s so frustrating for people. Uh, and so that’s something I’ve been against for a long time. You know, unfortunately, there haven’t really been any successful legal challenges to this. And I think most people thought it was going to go the buff way, but you have an extension, and then you have Fauci saying they may have to impose additional restrictions in the future. Uh, and we have to let people live their lives, obviously in Florida which is what we have control over. We do this. But in this federal mandate for, for air travel, I think as well as we did for domestic tourism. And we’re the first state that people seem to want to come to, I think more people would want to fly if they didn’t have to have that for two or two and a half hours. And so I’m going to let the grumpy attorney general come and then I’ll make my second announcement. But she’s leading, uh, she’s leading the effort to challenge this in court because I think that’s important on its own, but there’s also an important legal principle at play. So I support her efforts in this area. It’s amazing that it lasted so long and I’m going to let her come and talk about it. Go ahead. Well, good morning, and thank you for being here for this important announcement this morning. The state of Florida, joined by 20 other states, has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and several parties within it to challenge the mandatory mask mandate in transportation hubs and on airplanes. This rule, this ordinance is completely outside the limits of federal jurisdiction, as we have successfully argued in many other cases. Uh the CDC And the feds and the biden administration never had the authority to issue this order originally. And now we see that almost 75% of these sometimes violent unruly incidents are based on this illegal mask mandate. And I know if you travel everywhere you go people get frustrated and pick on the employees who enforce this rule that they have to wear a mask when it’s a rule and a unfounded orders. And many people don’t realize that this illegal order has consequences. Not just civil penalties, but criminal penalties, albeit in the same order in which they forced unfounded people to wear masks unnecessarily across the United States and transportation hubs. And by the way, that includes taxis, ubers, and ferries and all those other means of transportation, not just airplanes, they also included a criminal penalty. So you can imagine that if you are a flight attendant or someone who works in an airport or on a ferry or an Uber driver, you are now tasked with enforcing these unreasonable demands. And what is not surprising is that in the same mandate which is illegal, they say that we will issue civil and criminal penalties. But don’t worry, we probably won’t even enforce the criminal penalties, which are MO For this administration across the country, which is causing so much chaos and confusion when they don’t even enforce their own laws . This must be lifted. We are confident that the court will agree with our legal analysis. Mm hm.

A group of 21 states, along with pilot and flight attendant groups, are asking federal courts to permanently end the Biden administration’s federal transport mask mandate, less than three weeks before it expires. The latest lawsuit, led by Florida and joined by 20 other states, asks a federal court in Florida to “issue a permanent injunction restraining defendants from enforcing the mask warrant.” The states’ claims include that the policy is an abuse of federal emergency powers. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. The Transportation Security Administration declined to comment. The lawsuit marks another push by the country’s governors to reject President Joe Biden’s federal public health order, which requires travelers to wear masks on planes, buses, trains and ships, as well as at airports and other transport hubs. Last month, Texas filed a separate lawsuit in a long-running bid to drop the president’s COVID-19 health measure. unnecessary mandate and resume normal life.” States joining Florida in the effort include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia Separately, groups of company employees airlines also sued the administration this month to prevent the mask requirement from ever being reimposed.The lawsuits brought by 10 pilots and nine flight attendants ask the courts, in identical language, to issue an “injunction permanent prohibiting the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services from reissuing a mask mandate for any sector of society since Congress has never approved it.” The government has not yet filed responses to lawsuits The CEOs of the world’s largest airlines country and the union representing Southwest Airlines flight attendants also urged the Biden administration to lift the measure. The mandate remains in place until April 18 after the administration issued a one-month extension.

A group of 21 states, along with pilot and flight attendant groups, are asking federal courts to permanently end the Biden administration’s federal transport mask mandate, less than three weeks before it expires.

The latest lawsuit, led by Florida and joined by 20 other states, asks a federal court in Florida to “issue a permanent injunction restraining defendants from enforcing the mask warrant.” The states’ claims include that the policy is an abuse of federal emergency powers.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment. The Transportation Security Administration declined to comment.

The lawsuit marks another push by the country’s governors to reject President Joe Biden’s federal public health order, which requires travelers to wear masks on planes, buses, trains and boats, as well as at airports. and other transport hubs. Last month, Texas filed a separate lawsuit in a long-running bid to drop the president’s COVID-19 health measure.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said in a statement announcing the lawsuit that “it’s high time to get rid of this useless warrant and get back to normal life.”

States joining Florida in this effort include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. .

Separately, airline employee groups also sued the administration this month to prevent the mask requirement from ever being reimposed.

The lawsuits filed by 10 pilots and nine flight attendants ask the courts, in identical language, to issue a “permanent injunction restraining the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services from reissuing a mask warrant for n any sector of society since Congress has never approved this.” The government has yet to file responses to the lawsuits.

The CEOs of the nation’s largest airlines and the union representing flight attendants at Southwest Airlines have also urged the Biden administration to lift the measure.

The mandate remains in place until April 18 after the administration issued a one-month extension.

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