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A self-identified “frequent traveler” from Washington, D.C. has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration and regional Florida aviation authorities challenging the constitutionality of transportation mask mandates.
The plaintiff, Lucas Wall, says in the suit that he’s been stranded in The Villages of Florida because of his refusal to don a face mask.
“I am a frequent traveler, having flown more than 1.5 million miles and visited 134 nations as well as all 56 U.S. states and territories. I am currently stranded at my mother’s house in The Villages, Florida, (located in this judicial district) because Defendant TSA refused to let me board a flight June 2, 2021, out of Orlando International Airport (MCO) for not wearing a mask even though I have a qualifying disability,” the suit reads.
The Transportation Administration is one of eight defendants named, including the following seven:
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
- Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Department of Transportation (DOT)
- President Joe Biden
- Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA)
- Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority
Not named is Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who’s an avid opponent of mask mandates — and whom Wall later goes on to cite as one justification for his suit.
Wall’s alleged disability is “Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”
“Due to my Generalized Anxiety Disorder, I have never covered my face. I tried a mask a couple times for brief periods last year, but had to remove it after five or so minutes because it caused me to instigate a feeling of a panic attack, including hyperventilating and other breathing trouble. I carry cards in my wallet to hand to anybody who asks me to wear a mask,” he explains in the suit.
“I also strongly oppose any mask mandate on numerous grounds including that it’s a violation of my civil liberties to be ordered to block my nose and mouth, my only two sources of oxygen; face masks have proven to be totally ineffective in reducing COVID-19 infections and deaths (see discussion below); and researchers have identified dozens of health problems that occur among maskwearers (see discussion below),” he adds.
View the suit below:
Though a skeptic of masks, Wall isn’t a skeptic of vaccines. He admits in his suit that he’s been “fully vaccinated” since he received his second dose of the Moderna vaccine in late April.
The airline he chose, Southwest, allows disabled passengers to obtain a mask waiver by filling out a form, but Wall also admits in his suit that he refused to play along. Instead of filling out Southwest’s form, he wrote a lengthy statement on it claiming it was illegal for them to force him to prove anything.
“Please note it is illegal under the Air Carrier Access Act regulations (14 CFR 382) for you to require: 1. a disability accommodation request be submitted in advance; 2. a signed letter from my medical physician attesting to my disability that precludes me from wearing a face mask; 3. me to undergo a private medical screening with a third-party medical provider; and 4. require me to provide evidence of a qualifying COVID negative viral test taken within three calendar days preceding my scheduled date of travel,” he reportedly wrote.
Wall also argues that the federal government’s mask mandate is a violation of Florida law, where DeSantis has banned such mandates.
“Florida is one of 10 states that never had a statewide mask mandate, and Gov. DeSantis made it the clear policy of Florida is that no person should ever be required to cover their face, acknowledging the health dangers masking creates,” the suit reads.
It’s because of this law, he continues, that he’s also added Orlando and Florida aviation authorities as defendants.
“Defendant GOAA, which operates Orlando International Airport (MCO), has posted numerous signs demanding passengers cover their faces, which is in violation of Florida Executive Order 21-102. Pl. Ex. 55. As I drove into MCO the morning of June 2, 2021, for my Southwest flight to Fort Lauderdale, I encountered large electronic signs stating “Federal law requires wearing a mask at all times in the airport” and “Failure to comply may result in removal and penalties” in violation of Florida E.O. 21-20. Pl Ex. 200. 25,” the suit reads.
The whole suit measures a whopping 208 pages and contains a stunning amount of detail, as well as research and quotes backing up every single one of Wall’s claims.
In a statement to the Washington Examiner, he argued that unless these rules are rolled back, he and others with similar disabilities won’t be able to fly.
“I’m not going to be able to travel or be in airports for hours at a time just sitting around and wearing a mask that restricts my breathing so much and makes me uncomfortable,” he said.
He also recognized that this might all be moot if the Biden administration finally eliminates its mask policies altogether. It could conceivably happen, given as it was only a few weeks ago that the CDC finally relented on indoor/outdoor masks.
“If it does become moot, hey, that’s great. But if not, then at least somebody in the country is challenging it,” he said to the Examiner.
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