A U.S. judge has ruled that wearing a sanitary mask on public transportation in the United States is illegal.
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In the wake of this, United Airlines has announced that the mask is no longer mandatory on its domestic flights.
Magistrate Catherine Kimball Michel, sitting in Tampa, Florida, noted in her decision that the American Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the main federal health agency, had overridden their privileges by imposing this obligation. For planes, trains, metros and coaches.
United Airlines said on Monday it would no longer require masks on its flights in the United States and on some international flights, subject to incoming country regulations.
“This means that our employees no longer have to wear masks – or in most cases impose them on passengers. They may choose to wear one, especially as the CDC strongly recommends it on public transportation, ”said a spokesman for the American Group, which was the first to impose the anti-Kovid vaccine on its employees.
Joe Biden’s administration has recently been increasing pressure to relax or withdraw the mask requirement. Twenty Republican-led states and several major airlines have called for an end to the practice on air and other public transportation.
But last week, federal officials finally decided to extend the mask requirement until at least May 3rd.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the decision was “disappointing” and that “the CDC continues to recommend that public transport be disguised.”
According to a senior White House official, the decision was “the CDC’s masked order on public transportation is not in effect at this time.”
The Transport Security Agency, TSA, does not enforce this obligation, a senior official said on an anonymous basis.
The Ministry of Justice, which can appeal, did not respond immediately.