Twenty-one US states filed a joint lawsuit in court against the ordinances on the mandatory use of masks in transportation imposed by health authorities, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Tuesday.
Accompanied by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is a fierce critic of the anti-COVID-19 policy of President Joe Biden’s administration, Moody said that the mask ordinances issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ) for means of transportation, including commercial aircraft, are “illegal”.
They also exceed the competence of the CDC, which depends on the Government; They are “unfounded”, because it is not proven that they serve to prevent infections, and they cause “confusion, chaos and pressure” to people, added the Florida attorney general.
“President Biden’s short-sighted, heavy-handed and illegal travel policies are frustrating travelers and causing chaos on public transportation,” the Florida attorney general said.
Moody and his colleagues from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia presented to the Federal Court of the Middle District of Florida a lawsuit in which they request precautionary measures to definitively stop these ordinances.
According to the lawsuit, mandating the wearing of masks on transportation, including airplanes, exceeds the CDC’s authority in several ways.
“It is past time to ease some of the pressure on travelers and those who work in the travel industry to immediately end Biden’s illegal public transportation ordinances,” Moody said.
In Florida, those rules interfere with state law that prohibits forced masking across the board, he added.
DeSantis said, “Florida has led the nation in standing up to misguided federal government policies and fighting heavy-handed mandates that have no scientific backing.”
“If politicians and celebrities can attend the Super Bowl without a mask, all American citizens should have the right to fly without a mask. It is time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and return to normal life,” he said.
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