Federal judge ends Biden’s mask mandate on planes

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle called the mandate "unlawful" for overstepping its authority and not following normal rulemaking procedures.

A United airplane takes off from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in March. (Alpha News)

(The Center Square) — A federal judge on Monday struck down the Biden administration’s controversial mask mandate for planes, airports and trains.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle called the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) mandate “unlawful” for overstepping its authority and not following normal rulemaking procedures.

“But the mandate exceeded the CDC’s statutory authority, improperly invoked the good cause exception to notice and comment rulemaking, and failed to adequately explain its decisions,” she wrote in the ruling.

Critics of the mandate praised the judge’s ruling. They had argued it was not necessary and conflicted with the Biden administration’s decision to lift Title 42, a Trump-era immigration rule that allowed border agents to immediately expel illegal immigrants to slow the spread of COVID into the U.S.

“The federal district judge correctly held that the CDC transportation mask mandate was unlawful and violated the Administrative Procedure Act,” Texas Public Policy Foundation Executive Director and General Counsel Rob Henneke said. “The Court’s order vacates the CDC Mask Mandate, which will be effective for all persons nationwide as soon as final judgment is entered by the Clerk of the Court. While the Court’s order stops the mask mandate for now, TPPF’s lawsuit representing Congresswoman Beth Van Duyne continues to litigate the underlying constitutional issues.”