By: Konrad Holden
Last Tuesday, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida announced that Florida is leading a group of 21 states in suing the Biden administration for their transportation mask mandate. The mandate was recently extended to April 18th and currently applies to all commercial transportation and transportation hubs including airports, bus stations, train stations, and more. In a press release by the DeSantis administration, the state says that Biden lacks “high-quality data to support the efficacy of mask mandates.”
When Biden entered office in 2021, his administration immediately began putting restrictions in place in an attempt to combat coronavirus. On February 1st, Biden’s Transportation Security Administration enacted a federal mask mandate that applies to all commercial transportation.
The mask mandate immediately met resistance and multiple stories surfaced of people being kicked off of flights for refusing to wear masks. In March, the mask mandate was extended for a fourth time to April 18th.
Now, Florida and 20 other states are suing the Biden administration over the rule.
DeSantis announced the lawsuit in a news release last Tuesday, saying, “If politicians and celebrities can attend the Super Bowl unmasked, every U.S. citizen should have the right to fly unmasked. It is well past time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and get back to normal life.”
Florida is joined by Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia. The states are seeking a permanent injunction against the enforcement of the mandate.
“It’s long past time to alleviate some of the pressure on travelers and those working in the travel industry by immediately ending Biden’s unlawful public transportation mandates. I’m proud to stand with Governor DeSantis and to lead my fellow Attorneys General in this multistate action to end the forced masking of travelers in the U.S.” - Ashley Moody, Florida Attorney General