Attorney General of the Republican Party of Texas on Wednesday to sue repeals the Biden administration’s order requiring travelers to wear masks at airports, on planes, and on commuter buses and rail systems.
The lawsuit comes as many governors, including in Democratic-administered states, have rolled back regulations on mask-wearing for indoor public environments as waves of infections from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus fell sharply after a record surge last month. But forms of public transportation are regulated by the federal government.
Since it was first introduced a year ago, federal regulations requiring travelers to wear masks have been extended several times, most recently by until at least March 18. Short breaks to eat and drink are allowed. There are exemptions for travelers under the age of 2 and people with certain disabilities who cannot safely wear a mask. Visitors who refuse to comply may be fined.
The lawsuit filed by the Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton, has been filed in federal court in Fort Worth. It argued that the mask regulation was unconstitutional and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lacked the authority to impose the requirement. The Supreme Court recently declined to hear another case seeking to block the trust.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said in December that he does not believe the country is approaching a point where masks will no longer be needed on planes. “Even though you have a good filtration system, I still believe that masks are prudent and we should do it,” he said.
The CDC declined to comment on the Texas lawsuit.
Some airline executives have questioned the need for face masks when flying. Southwest Airlines’ top CEO, Gary Kelly, said at a Senate hearing in December that he believes masks do not provide significant protection in the plane’s cabin and that in-flight filtration is sufficient. . Mr. Kelly, who testified revealed and recently became executive chairman of the company after years as chief executive, has tested positive for the virus. that weekend.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/16/business/texas-airport-federal-mask-mandate.html Texas sues to abolish Federal Mask Commission at airports