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DeSantis Sues Over Airplane Mask Mandates, Is Slammed Online

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Social Media Calls On DeSantis To “Say Gay” And Focus On Issues That Matter.

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BocaNewsNow.com documented a man being questioned after landing in Fort Lauderdale in 2021. He refused to wear a mask on board a flight.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced a lawsuit against the Biden Administration in an effort to repeal the ongoing airline mask mandate. DeSantis was joined by 20 other states. The suit comes just days before the Department of Transportation is set to decide the fate of the mask mandate which was extended for one month in mid-March.

The lawsuit immediately drew ridicule on Twitter from those who believe DeSantis — who just hours earlier signed the “don’t say gay” law — should focus on issues that “matter.”

Among the comments:

“Can we focus on disparities instead of mask mandates please? This is what is truly hurting Floridians.”

“Ron, why did 30 percent more Floridians die in the same time during Omicron than Californians?”

“I know it’s a touch subject, and hits much closer to home, but can you tell us how you plan to recoup the losses incurred by the Florida State Employee Pension Fund you invested in Russia, Ron?”

“Thank goodness I live in Pittsburgh.”

Here is the official announcement released by Gov. DeSantis’ office:

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody announced Florida is leading 20 states in a multistate action against the unlawful mask mandate on public transportation kept in place by the Biden Administration. Attorney General Moody and joining states argue that the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) mandate exceeds the agency’s authority and interferes with state laws banning forced masking.

“Florida has led the nation in standing up to misguided federal government policies and fighting back against heavy-handed mandates that have no scientific backing,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “If politicians and celebrities can attend the Super Bowl unmasked, every U.S. citizen should have the right to fly unmasked. It is well past time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and get back to normal life.”

“President Biden’s shortsighted, heavy-handed and unlawful travel policies are frustrating travelers and causing chaos on public transportation,” said Attorney General Ashley Moody. “It’s long past time to alleviate some of the pressure on travelers and those working in the travel industry by immediately ending Biden’s unlawful public transportation mandates. I’m proud to stand with Governor DeSantis and to lead my fellow Attorneys General in this multistate action to end the forced masking of travelers in the U.S.”

The current CDC order, which has been in place for over a year, was set to expire on March 18. The Biden Administration chose to extend the order until April 18, despite the lack of high-quality data to support the efficacy of mask mandates, case numbers and hospitalizations experiencing a large downward trend, and 81.7% of the population having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.  

 

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