Supreme Court stay on mask requirement for air travel

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday to reject a request to block a federal mask mandate for air travel following an emergency application that was filed by a father on behalf of himself and his 4-year-old autistic son.

According to The Hill, the application was filed on behalf of father and son, both of whom claim to be medically unable to wear masks for extended periods of time, however the nation’s high court won’t be hearing the case.

“Their request was filed to Justice Neil Gorsuch, who handles emergency applications arising in several Western states, and he referred the matter to the full court. The justices denied the request without comment or noted dissent,” according to The Hill.

The application came after an executive order signed by President Joe Biden that the Transportation Security Administration should require require those on airplanes and other forms of public transpiration to wear a mask.

This is done in hopes of stemming the spread of coronavirus, which has been credited with killing upwards of 850,000 in the U.S.

“Joining the father-son challengers was another man, Lucas Wall, who has sought to raise money and publicity from his legal efforts targeting the federal transportation mask mandate. Chief Justice John Roberts last month unilaterally rejected a separate challenge filed by the group,” The Hill reported.

The court’s decision comes less than a week after the justices were split on their decision of whether the Biden administration’s pandemic measures should be upheld.

The court moved last Thursday with a margin of 6-3 to block the large business COVID-19 vaccine mandate but upheld with a 5-4 vote to uphold the vaccine mandate for healthcare providers at federally funded facilities.