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RANDOM ACT OF FEDERALISM: Gov. DeSantis Sues Biden Over Airplane Mask Mandate


In yet another random act of federalism from the Sunshine State, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that Florida and 20 other states are suing the Biden administration over the federal mask mandate on public transportation. 

“If politicians and celebrities can attend the Super Bowl unmasked, every U.S. citizen should have the right to fly unmasked,” DeSantis said in a statement, per Fox News. “It is well past time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and get back to normal life.” 

He added that more people would be willing to fly to his state if they weren’t required to mask up in order to get there. 

“It’s not something grounded in any science,” he said. “If you have somebody sitting in the window seat, and they’re nibbling on peanuts for 2 ½ hours, they have their mask down.” 

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, who is leading the legal effort, also blasted the mandate. 

“This order is completely outside the bounds of the scope of federal power,” she said. “President Biden’s shortsighted, heavy-handed and unlawful travel policies are frustrating travelers and causing chaos on public transportation.”