Well, it’s about time. A federal judge has officially voided the Biden administration’s mask mandate for travelers using public transportation such as trains and airplanes, according to Fox News.
Numerous states have been fighting back against this mask mandate, including Governor Ron DeSantis in Florida who filed a lawsuit over the issue. DeSantis refers to the mask mandate on public transportation as “COVID theater.”
The mandate had been set to expire a number of times but was recently extended to May 3. This new ruling shoots down the mandate earlier than expected.
Biden and the Democrats claim the mask policy is “based on science,” despite obvious contradictions in the policy. For example, if you are eating and drinking, then it’s safe to remove your mask on public transportation. On the other hand, if you are reading and no longer eating or drinking, then suddenly the situation is dangerous and your mask must be immediately secured around your mouth and nose.
DeSantis explained that the policy is also different depending on if you’re sitting in a window seat or middle seat. “If you look at what’s going on around the country, in Florida we’ve been very clear that we want people to make their own decisions, we don’t believe in COVID theater,” DeSantis said.
“Though you do see lingering elements of that even the most restrictive states are starting to repeal vaccine passports and some of these mandates. You still have this federal rule that was just extended forcing people to wear masks on airplanes,” he continued.
“It’s turned the airlines into having to police this, it’s created a lot of unruly passenger situations because it’s so frustrating for people and so this is something that I’ve been opposed to for a long time,” DeSantis said.
“I think most people thought this was going to go the way of the buffalo, first you have an extension, then you have Fauci coming out saying they may need to impose additional restrictions in the future and we need to let people live their life,” DeSantis said.
“Obviously in Florida where we have control, we do that, but in this federal mandate for air travel, I think as good as we’ve done in domestic tourism, and we’re the number one state that people want to come to, I think more people would want to fly if they did not have to have that for two hours, two and a half hours.”