U.S. Supreme Court rejects mandate challenge for airlift masks – JURIST – News

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr on Thursday rejected a request to block the current federal mandate for masks for U.S. airports and domestic air travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michael Seklecki has filed a lawsuit in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for himself and his son, who is autistic. Seklecki alleged that he “cannot tolerate wearing a face covering” due to his generalized anxiety disorder and that his son “cannot wear a mask and has to fly regularly for treatment medical specialists outside the State “.

The lawsuit called for a suspension of the mask’s federal mandate and an immediate injunction. Lucas Wall also joined the petition, also citing medical reasons for not respecting the mask’s mandate.

Justice Roberts dismissed the 89-page emergency motion for consideration without comment and without remitting the request to the full court.

According to the New York Times, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) responded to the complaint, arguing that Seklecki and Wall had failed to “[pursue] a procedure available to obtain medical exemptions ”and that Congress enacted the mask mandate to protect travelers.

Following President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in National and International Travel, the The TSA has mask requirements in place for everyone passing through “TSA airport checkpoints and commercial and public transportation systems.” Airports, commercial planes, commuter buses, and rail systems are included in the mask’s mandate. The TSA recently extended its mask requirement until March 18, 2022.

The lawsuit is not the first in which Wall is involved. In September, he filed a similar complaint challenging the legality of the mask warrants on behalf of “hundreds of other Americans who have been banned from flying because of their medical condition.”

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