BREAKING: White House says masks no longer required for airplanes after court ruling

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On Monday, a federal judge in Florida struck down the Biden administration’s mask rules for public transportation. And then Monday evening, the White House said masks are no longer required for airplanes following the court ruling. TSA will no longer enforce masks, but the CDC is still recommending people mask up.

“The agencies are reviewing the decision and assessing potential next steps,” an administration official said in a statement announcing the White House’s confirmation. “In the meantime, today’s court decision means CDC’s public transportation masking order is not in effect at this time. Therefore, TSA will not enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs at this time. CDC recommends that people continue to wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.”

It was earlier in the day that Peter Doocy of Fox News asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki questions about what the administration’s thinking would be going forward.

In the afterglow of the court’s decision, Psaki’s initial response was to default back to masking up, at least until the White House had a chance to react to the ruling.

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