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TSA rescinds mask mandates at airports after court ruling

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Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 4:51 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: TSA has released the following statement regarding the rescinding of the mask mandate:

Due to today’s court ruling, effective immediately, TSA will no longer enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs. TSA will also rescind the new Security Directives that were scheduled to take effect tomorrow. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time.

EARLIER STORY: A mask mandate is still in place at Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport after a federal judge struck down the ruling.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle of Florida Monday voided the national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation as exceeding the authority of U.S. health officials during the coronavirus pandemic.

She said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention didn’t justify its decision to extend the mandate, which was supposed to end April 18, until May 3 to allow more time to study the BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus.

A statement Monday from airport officials reads:

Airports have not been notified by the federal government that the mask mandate has been lifted despite the decision by a federal judge on Monday that struck down the mask mandate. The federal requirement that masks be worn in airports and on board aircraft remains in effect for both customers and employees. We await additional information from the federal government on whether it will challenge the ruling or rescind the order. Until that time, the airport mask policy remains unchanged. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

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