(FreedomBeacon.com)- Despite the CDC lifting its indoor mask requirements, a federal mask mandate remains in place for public transportation – including on airplanes. Initially, this federal mask requirement was to expire on May 11, however the Transportation Security Administration extended it to September 13.
What are the chances the TSA will lift it on September 13? They still require airline passengers to remove their shoes upon command twenty years after attempted shoe bomber Richard Reid was arrested.
On Wednesday, in an effort to “put a stop to this nanny state mandate,” Senator Rand Paul introduced the Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act of 2021 which would prohibit the federal government from imposing a mask mandate while using any “conveyance” or “transportation hub.”
Paul argues that in a free country, it is up to the people to evaluate their personal risk factors, adding that Americans are smart enough to make their own medical decisions including whether or not to wear a mask.
On his first day in office, President Biden signed an executive order directing federal agencies to take “immediate action” requiring masks on public transportation. In early December, President-elect Biden announced that on Day One he would implement this federal mask mandate, but at the time vowed that it would only last “just 100 days.”
It’s been 178 days, but still the mandate on public transportation remains in place.
Joining Senator Paul in co-sponsoring the Travel Mask Mandate Repeal Act are Republican Senators Mike Braun (IN), Tom Cotton (AK), Roger Marshall (KS) and Roger Wicker (MS). While Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) introduced a companion bill in the House.
Meanwhile, with the fearmongering over the Delta variant, pressure is building for the CDC to reimplement mask guidelines for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. On Thursday, the Los Angeles County Health Department announced it was re-imposing an indoor mask requirement regardless of vaccination status beginning at midnight Sunday morning.