Federal Judge Strikes Down Mask Mandate for Planes and Public Transit

The nation’s largest airlines dropped the requirement within hours of the ruling,

A federal judge in Florida struck down the mask requirement on airplanes, trains, buses and other public transportation on Monday

less than a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had extended it through May 3.

The ruling left it up to individual airlines and local transit agencies to decide what to do,

and by late Monday, the nation’s largest airlines had dropped their mask requirements for domestic flights.

The Amtrak rail system said passengers and employees would no longer need to wear masks.

In a 59-page decision, Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, who was appointed by President Donald J. Trump

voided the mandate — which also applies to airports, train stations and other transportation hubs