THE NEW YORK TIMES – The Republican attorney general of Texas on Wednesday sued to strike down the Biden administration’s mandate requiring travelers to wear masks at airports, on airplanes and on commuter bus and rail systems.
The suit comes as many governors, including in states governed by Democrats, have been rolling back mask mandates for indoor public settings as infections from the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have plummeted following a record-setting surge last month.
But forms of public transportation are regulated by the federal government.
Since it was first introduced a year ago, the federal mandate requiring travelers to wear masks has been extended several times, most recently until at least March 18. Travelers who refuse to comply can be fined.
The Texas argues that the mask mandate is unconstitutional and that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lacks the authority to impose the requirement …
“Even though you have a good filtration system, I still believe that masks are a prudent thing to do, and we should be doing it.” – Dr. Anthony Fauci, December 19, 2021
Sen. Rand Paul is tired of being ‘treated like crap’ on planes and wants an end to their mask mandates
Nicole Gaudiano, Feb 16, 2022
BUSINESS INSIDER – Sen. Rand Paul said he wants to force a vote on his legislation to end mask mandates on airplanes because he’s tired of being “treated like crap” as a passenger — and he wants to eat his peanuts in peace.
The senator from Kentucky said:
“It’s a joke, it’s theater, and there’s no reason to be wearing them on the planes,”We are just punishing ourselves. And I for one, I’m tired of paying the airlines to be treated like crap when I get on the plane.”
Paul, a physician and senior member of the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee, said he wants to be treated “like a paying customer.”
“And I want them to bring me at least a glass of water and peanuts and I don’t want somebody jammering at me to put my mask on in between peanuts,” he added during the Tuesday interview … read more.