U.S. Justice Department Appeals Ruling Ending Mask Mandates on Planes, Trains

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Here we are. The mask war is back and it’s the travelers who will face mass confusion. Maybe it’s just that the airlines’ zeal to repeal their own mask mandates was a bit too celebratory too soon.

Tom Lowry

The US Department of Justice on Wednesday appealed a judge’s decision ending a mask mandate on public transportation and airplanes, a spokesperson said, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) said the measure was still needed.

A U.S. district judge ruled on Monday that the warrants, which apply to planes, trains and other public transportation, were illegal. The Justice Department said it would appeal the ruling if the CDC determines the 14-month warrant is still necessary.

The CDC said Wednesday it had asked the Justice Department to pursue the appeal and that “an order requiring masking in the domestic transportation corridor remains necessary for public health.”

Given the CDC’s assessment, the Justice Department filed a notice of appeal in the case, titled “Health Freedom Defense Fund, Inc., et al., v. Biden, et al.” writes department spokesman Anthony Coley on Twitter.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler and Stephen Coates)

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