A federal judge in Florida struck down on Monday the Biden administration’s mask mandate for airplanes and other public transport methods, and a Biden administration official says the order is no longer in effect while the ruling is reviewed.
US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle said the mandate was unlawful because it exceeded the statutory authority of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and because its implementation violated administrative law.
“The agencies are reviewing the decision and assessing potential next steps,” the Biden administration official said Monday night. “In the meantime, today’s court decision means CDC’s public transportation masking order is not in effect at this time.”
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From my post earlier today…
The lawsuit was filed by the anti-vax Health Freedom Defense Fund.
Judge Kathryn Mizelle, a graduate of Covenant College, was appointed by Trump in August 2020.
The American Bar Association rated her “not qualified” ahead of her Senate confirmation hearing, noting, “Since her admission to the bar Ms. Mizelle has not tried a case, civil or criminal, as lead or co-counsel.”
The Senate confirmed her in a 49-41 vote.
A member of the Federalist Society, Mizelle clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas.
“Effective immediately, masks are no longer required at United on domestic flights, select international flights (dependent upon the arrival country’s mask requirements) or at U.S. airports.”
— Jennifer Hoff (@JennHoffReports) April 18, 2022