Airline passengers and employees rejoiced Tuesday as mask mandates were revoked after a federal judge ruled the Centers for Disease Control and Preventeion exceeded its authority in requiring facial coverings be worn onboard.
“Oh, my God, best day ever,”Exulted one JetBlue flight attendant.
Alison Hall, Inside Edition correspondent, boarded an airplane to Boston Tuesday morning. Most passengers were still wearing masks. Some had not heard the news.
“Well hallelujah!”When told the news, one passenger expressed satisfaction.
And on subway and train platforms, there also was some confusion as to the new changes. Masks are still required in certain places, like New York City.
“I’m not ready to take it off, I’m 70 years old,”One commuter said so.
The Federal Mandat Repeal was made possible by U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle is a Trump appointee. Monday’s mandate was ruled illegal by her because it exceeded CDC’s statutory authority. She also argued that it violated administrative laws in issuing it.
“The agencies are reviewing the decision and assessing potential next steps,”Monday night was the last official meeting of President Joe Biden’s administration.
“In the meantime, today’s court decision means CDC’s public transportation masking order is not in effect at this time,” the White House said. The CDC recommends that people continue to wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.”