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FRC Action Files Federal Lawsuit Over Biden Airline Mask Mandate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, Family Research Council Action, the legislative affiliate of Family Research Council, filed a federal lawsuit against the Biden administration in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas over the federal mask mandate on all airplanes. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of FRC Action, two FRC Action members who live in Texas, and a child. Tony Perkins is participating in the case both as president of FRC Action and as the father of the child.

The lawsuit argues in part:

“As researchers have now had ample opportunity to test the effectiveness of wearing masks as part of combating the spread of COVID-19, studies show that masks are actually ineffective, particularly the cloth masks and surgical masks commonly worn. Given that wearing cloth or surgical masks satisfy the mask mandate, it is not effective at stopping COVID-19 in airports or on airplanes…Planes are a very low-risk environment for contracting or spreading COVID-19. According to a survey of epidemiologists, planes are safer than bars, theaters, gyms, and restaurants.”

The lawsuits asks that the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas place a nationwide preliminary and permanent injunction on the Biden administration’s mask mandate on flights. 

On the lawsuit, Perkins commented:

“Given what we have learned over the past two years, this overreaching government mask mandate on the 2.9 million Americans who fly on a typical day is not based on science. In some cases, masks have actually proven detrimental to adults and children. Air in airplanes is filtered at a more frequent rate than countless other settings, and it is one of the least conducive environments for the spreading of a virus.

“On behalf of our 26,000 members across the country, FRC Action believes these authoritarian mandates must be challenged. The Biden administration, along with a number of other local governments across the country, has exploited the COVID pandemic, used it to suffocate our freedoms unnecessarily, and in some cases target churches and people of faith,” Perkins concluded.

To read the complaint in FRC Action et al. v. Biden et al. please see:

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of FRC Action by Ken Klukowski, a senior counsel at Schaerr Jaffe LLP.