Twenty-one US states filed a joint lawsuit in court against the mandatory use of masks in transportation imposed by health authorities, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Tuesday.
Accompanied by the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis , who is a fierce critic of the anticovid policy of the Administration of President Joe Biden, Moody said that the ordinances on masks issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to means of transport, including commercial planes, are “illegal”.
In addition, they exceed the competence of the CDC, which depends on the government, they are “unfounded”, because it is not proven that they serve to prevent contagion, and they cause “confusion, chaos and pressure” on 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.
Exceeds CDC authority
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 relieve 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 leads 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 high time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and return to normal life », he asserted.
Florida demands an end to the use of the mask
Moody recently led 22 other state attorneys general in calling for an end to the Head Start program’s mask mandate. In this, children from the age of 2 were forced to wear masks, even when playing outside.
The Florida attorney general previously filed a lawsuit to put an end to this mandate and the court agreed with her.