Americans, flight attendants and pilots are thrilled after a federal judge in Florida struck down the Biden administration's mask mandate for travel.
The ruling came out Monday afternoon and within hours, the Transportation Security Administration announced the mandate was no longer in place. Just last week the TSA extended the mandate into May after it was scheduled to expire in March.
"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," TSA released in a statement.
Flight crews quickly notified their passengers, who erupted in cheers.
“Ladies and gentlemen, this is your pilot speaking. This is the most important announcement I’ve ever made. The federal mask mandate is over. Take off your mask if you choose!”— Ben Dietderich (@ben_dietd) April 18, 2022
A wonderful moment mid flight on @alaskaair today! pic.twitter.com/nWSatDRB83
They just announced on my flight the mask mandate for flights is over! pic.twitter.com/iRnkFly2w9— Rennie Cook (@renniecook) April 18, 2022
A Delta flight attendant breaks into tears as she takes off her mask for the first time in two years.— Aaron Ginn (@aginnt) April 19, 2022
What COVID law has done to people is terrible.pic.twitter.com/HcLALvzMzv
Pilot announces removal of mask mandate mid flight ???????????? pic.twitter.com/3CqC1CIJqj— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) April 19, 2022