(TheRedAlertNews.com) – Following a federal judge’s ruling late yesterday that overturned the Biden administration’s federal transportation mask mandate that was based on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) said it would no longer enforce the mandate in airports and all airlines made mask-wearing voluntary on flights.
Amtrak followed suit for its rail passenger transportation services.
As noted by National Review:
“The largest American airline companies and Amtrak said they are dropping requirements to wear masks after a federal judge overturned the Biden administration’s mask mandate for air travel and public transportation.
“American, Delta, Southwest, United, and Alaska Airlines all said on Monday night that passengers could fly without masks, with some pilots announcing the policy change mid-flight. U.S. district judge Kathryn Mizelle ruled Monday that the mandate violated the Administrative Procedure Act, and hours later a Biden administration official told media outlets that the mandate ‘is not in effect at this time.'”
In just one example, “‘Masks are no longer required on domestic flights, select international flights (dependent upon the arrival country’s requirements) or at U.S. airports. More comfortable keeping yours on? Go right ahead,’ United said in a statement on Twitter.”
There has been no indication that the Biden administration will appeal the federal judge’s ruling.
The mask mandate was set to expire in a matter of weeks.
Masks are no longer required on domestic flights, select international flights (dependent upon the arrival country's requirements) or at U.S. airports. More comfortable keeping yours on? Go right ahead… the choice is yours (you look dino-mite either way)! pic.twitter.com/hwq678v55d
— United Airlines (@united) April 18, 2022