Tuesday’s Supreme Court denied an emergency request for a pause in federal COVID-19’s airline mask mandate. The TSA federal mask mandate was to be stopped by the emergency application. It applies to individuals who travel in or onboard commercial aircraft, over-the-road buses, and commuter bus and train systems.
The mandate for coronavirus masks is in effect until March 18, 2022.
Florida father Michael Seklecki filed the case along with his son, 4-year-old Michael Seklecki. Michael is autistic and cannot wear masks. He must fly to Boston Children’s Hospital for regular medical care.
Lucas Wall, a Washington D.C. resident, is the other plaintiff in this case. According to court documents, he is “stranded” at his mother’s home in The Villages, Florida because TSA prohibited him from boarding a plane out of Orlando International Airport on June 2, 2020, solely because he cannot wear a mask because he has Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
The court didn’t comment on Tuesday’s denial of orders.
This denial follows a court ruling against President Biden’s mandate to vaccine private employers but keeping in place a mandate that healthcare workers be vaccinated.