The Biden Administration is extending the TSA mask mandate for airplanes and transit for 15 days, the CDC said Wednesday.
The mandate was set to expire on April 18th, but the administration has extended the immoral, unscientific mandate once again.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 13, 2022
The CDC said the mandate will remain in effect until at least May 3rd, while they monitor the spread of omicron, including the BA.2 subvariant.
From The Hill:
The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) mask mandate for travel on airplanes, in airports, on buses and on rail systems was set to expire on April 18. The two-week extension is from an order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based off the rise in cases from BA.2 since early April.
“In order to assess the potential impact the rise of cases has on severe disease, including hospitalizations and deaths, and health care system capacity, the CDC Order will remain in place at this time. At CDC’s recommendation, TSA will extend the security directive and emergency amendment for 15 days, through May 3, 2022,” a CDC spokesperson told The Hill.
This extension of the TSA mask mandate is the shortest yet. The mandate has been in place for 14 months and initially went into effect with an expiration date of May 2021.
TSA extended it a few times, most recently in March by one month. Before that, it had been extended in December before it was set to expire just after the new year.
21 states have sued the Biden Administration over the transportation mask mandate.
21 States Sue Biden Admin Over Transportation Mask Mandate https://t.co/cgqgNRfzls
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 30, 2022
Pilots and flight attendants previously sued the CDC over the mask mandate.
JetBlue, American Airlines and Southwest pilots sue~
CDC over federal mask mandatehttps://t.co/5MlUGYjyV5
— Lawyerforlaws (@lawyer4laws) March 17, 2022
Flight attendants sue CDC over mask mandate, ask court to prevent gov't from ever issuing such a mandate again https://t.co/vvy1hGBUiX
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) March 29, 2022
The U.S. Senate recently voted to end the TSA mask mandate.
However, the bill hasn’t progressed in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives.
The Miami Herald reported on legislation introduced in the House:
Florida Republican Rep. Carlos Gimenez introduced legislation Thursday that would prevent the Transportation Safety Administration from requiring passengers on airplanes to wear masks in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Gimenez’s “America Reopens Act” would prevent any federal agency or entity that receives federal funding from requiring vaccination, testing or masking for travelers if they are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. The legislation would effectively strike down the TSA policy that requires masking on airplanes, trains and subways.