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In January 2021, one of President Biden’s first big moves in office was to sign an executive order mandating masks in airports and on planes and other forms of public transit.

But an unexpected ruling from a judge in Florida has abruptly and unexpectedly overturned that mandate — and the implications of the decision could tie the government’s hands when it comes to future health emergencies.


O’Hare Airport in Chicago this month. The case in Florida included two women who said that their anxiety prevented them from wearing masks and, therefore, traveling.
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