Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie announced a lawsuit that he and 16 other congressmen filed this week regarding masking on airplanes.
The lawsuit (against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle P. Walensky in her official capacity as Director of the CDC, and Sherri A. Berger in her official capacity as Chief of Staff of the CDC) was filed to end the requirement of passengers wearing masks on commercial airplanes following the Biden administration having extended the requirement another 30 days, to April 18.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not have the legal authority to force people traveling on commercial airlines to wear masks,” Representative Thomas Massie said. “Congress never passed a law requiring masks on commercial flights. This lawsuit targets the faceless bureaucrats who are behind the CDC’s unscientific regulation so that this illegal mask mandate can be brought to a permanent end.”
The plaintiffs in the case say “the mask mandate is beyond the CDC’s statutory authority or is unconstitutional.” They’re also seeking an injunction against enforcing the illegal mandate.
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The congressmen joining the lawsuit are: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC), Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA), Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH), Rep. Bob Good (R-VA), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), Rep. Alex Mooney (R-WV), Rep. Barry Moore (R-AL), Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC), Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), and Rep. Chip Roy, (R-TX).
“It’s time to stop wearing masks on airplanes. It’s been 2 years. Enough is enough,” tweeted Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Even as far back as December of 2021, the CEOs of two major airlines said they didn’t believe wearing masks was necessary on airplanes due to high quality HEPA filters and airflow on the planes.
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said at the time, “I think the case is very strong that masks don’t add much, if anything, in the air cabin environment. It is very safe and very high quality compared to any other indoor setting.”
“I concur,” said American Airlines CEO Doug Parker. “An aircraft is the safest place you can be. It’s true of all of our aircraft — they all have the same HEPA filters and airflow.”
Nevertheless, Biden has decided to extend the mask requirement for airlines yet again. Several of the plaintiff Congressmen pointed out that the mandates are not laws, that they’re not scientific, and they’re unconstitutional.