Cheers, fear as judge strikes down U.S. transit mask mandate

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By CURT ANDERSON
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge’s decision to strike down a national mask mandate was met with cheers on some airplanes but also concern about whether it’s really time to end the order sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The major airlines and many of the busiest airports rushed to drop their requirements on Monday after a Florida judge struck down the CDC mandate and the Transportation Security Administration announced it wouldn’t enforce its 2021 security directive.

Passengers on a Delta overseas flight cheered and applauded. But some airports, including those in Los Angeles and Salt Lake City, recommended that people mask up voluntarily.

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4/19/2022 6:08:24 AM (GMT -5:00)

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