On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that would have banned entry into the U.S. for people from select Muslim-majority countries with no required waivers or exemptions for those who could prove they had a valid reason to be there.
The Federal Mask Mandate was challenged by him. He was placed on the Terrorist Watch List.
on October 30, 2021 by Gary Leff
Not because flights are where Covid-19 is most likely to spread, but because it’s where they have the greatest claim to a legal foundation, along with other interstate traffic.
The federal mask requirement, on the other hand, is legally problematic. It is based on the same stretch of CDC statutory authority as the federal eviction moratorium, which was overturned by the Supreme Court. However, if the mask requirement isn’t extended beyond January 18, 2022, I anticipate the regulation will simply expire before it’s completely resolved in the issues it’s presently encountering (which, as far as I’m aware, are being handled pro se).
And my guess is that the regulation will be allowed to expire as long as we don’t witness a significant increase in Covid-19 instances before the holidays. It might be extended for another six months if it is. The Biden administration, on the other hand, will aim to declare triumph against the virus before the 2018 midterm elections.
Michael Faris, one of the persons contesting the federal mask mandate’s validity, has filed a request with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to be removed off a government terrorist blacklist he was put on after attempting to challenge the mask requirement.
- On October 19, he filed a lawsuit challenging the mask requirement. He believes that he should be deemed medically exempt from the mask requirement, as allowed by federal law, but that no airline has granted him such an exemption.
- On October 21, he was unable to check in for his United Airlines trip from Southern California to Kentucky. An ‘SSSS’ boarding permit was ultimately provided to him. “Agents informed Faris that he would most likely be put on a terrorist blacklist as a result of this.”
According to the court filing, “TSA’s conduct putting Mr. Faris… on its terrorist blacklist for bringing this case challenging the FTMM reflects the ultimate worst kind of retribution against Americans exercising their First Amendment right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” “Suing the TSA does not represent a terrorist threat or any other danger to transportation security that merits inclusion on the watchlist.”
Another passenger who filed a lawsuit against the mask requirement claimed that they were put on a watchlist after attempting to check in for a Delta aircraft on October 26.
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