Florida and 20 other states have sued the federal government to stop the epidemic requirement that people wear masks on planes, trains and other public transportation.
“It’s time to dump her and move on.”
According to the agency’s website, a rule from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, effective February 1, 2021, requires “public wearing of masks on public transport vehicles or on the premises of transport centers.” The rule has been relaxed somewhat, to eliminate certain bus requirements and more, but was recently extended to at least 18 April for domestic and international travel in general.
Still, Florida and other states continue their lawsuits, which fall into biased divisions in response to COVID-19 epidemics and issues of private rights versus government control.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, a Republican and former Tampa judge, said in a news release that the travel mask order “frustrates passengers and disrupts public transportation.”
This seems to be a reference to the well-publicized clash between flight attendants and passengers over the need for masks on commercial aircraft. It is not clear whether these incidents are isolated or widespread and whether masks are the only problem.
Also, perhaps emphasizing the biased division over masks, both Desantis and Moody have repeatedly referred to Democratic President Joe Biden in their statements against the travel order.
The Atlanta-based CDC did not immediately respond to a phone call or email requesting comment on the case.
The lawsuit seeks immediate termination of the CDC Travel Mask Rules and seeks costs and attorneys’ fees. This is the latest case to be filed in a separate state.
In addition to Florida, the states that filed new travel mask lawsuits as of Tuesday were:
– Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and West.