Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a challenge to the Biden administration’s mask mandate for airplanes.
Background: The Biden administration enacted a mandatory mask requirement for air travelers and has recently extended the order through March.
The mask mandate caused Florida resident Michael Seklecki to sue the Transportation Security Administration arguing the mandate has kept him and his 4-year-old son from traveling since the two have a medical condition.
Seklecki joined the lawsuit with Washington, D.C.-based man Lucas Wall.
What Happened: Chief Justice John Roberts refused to immediately block the mandate.
The Biden administration has argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that the plaintiffs’ case is unfounded, according to the New York Times, because they have “not pursued an available procedure for obtaining medical exemptions” and because Congress authorized the TSA to establish mask mandates. (per The Washington Free Beacon)
However, the plaintiffs say their repeated requests for mask exemptions have been denied.
What Happens Next: While Justice Roberts refused to lift the mandate the plaintiffs’ challenge is continuing in lower courts.