TAMPA, FL – According to reports, a federal judge out of Florida ruled that the CDC’s imposed national mandates regarding masks on airplanes and public transportation is void, largely due to the judge ruling that the CDC exceeded their endowed authority in rolling out said mandate.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball issued the ruling on April 18th, claiming the CDC stepped out of bounds in realm of authority and procedures outlined in the Administrative Procedure Act when forcing these mandates on airlines and public transportation systems.

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“The court concludes that the mask mandate exceeds the CDC’s statutory authority and violates the procedures required for agency rulemaking under the APA… Accordingly, the court vacates the mandate and remands it to the CDC.”

While Judge Kimball said she believed that the CDC’s mandate on masks would possibly “limit COVID-19 transmission and will thus decrease the serious illnesses and death that COVID-19 occasions,” the judge added “that finding by itself is not sufficient to establish good cause” for such a mandate.

Days before the issued ruling, the CDC sought to extend these mask mandates, which were slated to expire on April 18th, to May 3rd. This, under the guise of the Biden administration purportedly wanting more time to study the latest Omicron variant.

The CDC’s statement at the time read, “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.”

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The push from the CDC earlier in April to lengthen the mask mandates on airlines and public transportation came at a rather contentious time, as even the leaders of major airlines had banded together to tell officials that these mandates are simply no longer needed.

On March 23rd, Airlines for America’s board of directors sent a letter to the White House telling President Biden that their “industry has leaned into science at every turn” and that all the science points to these mandates “no longer [making any] sense.”

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“However, much has changed since these measures were imposed and they no longer make sense in the current public health context. The persistent and steady decline of hospitalization and death rates are the most compelling indicators that our country is well protected against severe disease from COVID-19.”

The letter from Airlines for America also pointed out the hypocrisies of these imposed mandates on their customers, writing, “It makes no sense that people are still required to wear masks on airplanes, yet are allowed to congregate in crowded restaurants, schools and at sporting events without masks, despite none of these venues having the protective air filtration system that aircraft do.”

It’s unclear whether the CDC or the Biden administration will devote any resources to push back against the federal judge’s ruling regarding the mask mandates, considering that said mandates were already slated to be lifted in roughly two weeks.

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