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Former health official blasts court ruling ending travel mask mandate

Former US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who served in the role in the Trump administration

Former US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who served in the role in the Trump administration, has strongly criticized a court ruling to strike down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel mask mandate.

 Adams tweeted on Tuesday that the judge's ruling to end mandatory masks on public transportation will “endanger” people’s lives.


Remind me - which schoolhouse rock explains to kids how a single unelected judge has the power to endanger their lives in public settings?

I’m just a judge- I’m just a judge, and I’m hurting you cuz I’ve got a grudge…

— Jerome Adams (@JeromeAdamsMD) April 19, 2022

US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle ruled against the Government's mask mandate for airplanes and other public transportation on Monday, and a Biden administration official said the order was no longer in effect while the ruling was being reviewed.

The Tampa judge, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, said in her lengthy ruling that the mandate was unlawful because it exceeded the statutory authority of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and because it did not follow proper rulemaking procedures that left the mandate fatally flawed.

Judge Mizelle's ruling prompted  US airlines and other transportation hubs to promptly drop their mask mandates.

United, American, Southwest, Delta, Alaska and other airlines announced Monday following the judge's ruling that masks would be optional on domestic flights and in airports.

Natalie Chaudoin, director of public relations for Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, also confirmed Tuesday that masks are no longer required for anyone at SDF.

"Masks may still be required by individual airlines and for international travel," Chaudoin said. "Travelers are encouraged to check with your airlines and flight destination regarding any face-covering requirements."

Uber, a ride-hailing company,  in a tweet o Tuesday morning, announced: “You can now ride without a mask and use the front seat if you need to. While mask usage is still recommended, we’ve updated our COVID  Safety policies. Let’s move forward, safely together.”


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