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Ron DeSantis is leading a lawsuit against the FBI to end travel mask mandates

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced a lawsuit by 21 states aimed at ending federal mask mandates for air travel and public transportation.

“It’s high time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and get back to normal life,” DeSantis said at a news conference announcing legal action against the Biden administration.

“It’s amazing that this has gone on for so long,” the governor said.

The Transportation Security Administration said earlier this month that the mandate would be extended until April 18.

The Centers for Disease Control recommended the move, arguing that travel posed an increased risk of infection.

DeSantis has blasted that decision, claiming that the masking requirements are being applied haphazardly and are no longer rooted in science.

The Florida governor noted that masks are no longer required at other mass gatherings, including the recent Super Bowl in Los Angeles.

DeSantis also claimed that face covering rules on airplanes and at transportation hubs discouraged travel and tourism.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference February 1, 2022 in Miami.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a 21-state lawsuit to end federal masking mandates on air travel and public transportation.
AP/Rebecca Blackwell
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody speaks at the Florida chapter of the Federalist Society Annual Meeting at Disney's Yacht Club Resort at Walt Disney World on Friday, February 4, 2022 in Orlando, Florida.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said the mandates would not stand up to judicial scrutiny.
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Mask-required signs will be displayed around John Glenn Columbus International Airport as travelers await check-in on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
The Transportation Security Administration said earlier this month that the mandate would be extended until April 18.
AP/Jay LaPrete

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody claimed Tuesday that the current mandates would not stand up to judicial scrutiny.

“This order is completely outside the bounds of federal authority, as we have successfully argued in numerous other cases,” she said.

The lawsuit, filed in Florida’s Middle District, will ask a judge to block enforcement of the federal mandate.

Travelers wearing protective masks indoors at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, Tuesday, December 28, 2021.
The Centers for Disease Control argued that travel poses an increased risk of infection.
AP/Nam Y.Huh

When asked why the lawsuit was necessary given the ongoing withdrawal of masking mandates, DeSantis said he wanted to protect himself from future reinstatements.

“As we get into next fall and winter, there might be an attempt to reintroduce it,” he said.

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