The Biden administration has once again extended the federal mask mandate for travelers on planes, trains and other public transit into May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Wednesday.
The masks were set to be dropped Monday, April 15, but the Transporation Security Administration is extending it for 15 days through May 3, the CDC said.
“Since early April, there have been increases in the 7-day moving average of cases in the U.S.,” the statement said.
“In order to assess the potential impact the rise of cases has on severe disease, including hospitalizations and deaths, and health care system capacity, the CDC Order will remain in place at this time,” it added.
Not only have Americans been upset about the mandate, but airline CEOs petitioned the Biden White House to drop it.
President Biden and his administration, however, have been insistent on forcing travelers to wear the mask despite the majority of the country dropping any and all mandates.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) called the extension “more COVID theater” in a statement posted on Twitter.
“I’m glad Florida and other states are fighting this mandate in court,” DeSantis said.
National radio host Todd Starnes slammed the administration on his show.
“The Democrats want you to suffer,” Starnes said. “Don’t travel until they lift the mandates…There’s no reason to wear a mask on a jetliner. It makes absolutely no sense.”