On Monday April 18, Federal Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle of Florida ruled that the CDC’s longstanding mask mandate for transportation is “unlawful.” This includes commercial air flights in the United States.

That means if you want to fly without wearing a face covering, the law is on your side and always has been. In fact, some countries always let people fly with an exposed smile.

In the multipage ruling, the judge cited numerous reasons for why the CDC overstepped its powers and why the mandate is unlawful. You can read the full ruling here

So what does this all mean? Enter Josh Yoder. He’s a commercial airline pilot and co-founder of the U.S Freedom Flyers. It’s a group of pilots, flight attendants, gate agents, and airline workers that opposes mandates.

Yoder discusses what you may not know about airline pilots and masks, the reality of mask mandates on board, what this means for passengers and the industry alike, and how corporate airline money influences “science”.

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