10 pilots from major airlines like JetBlue, American Airlines, and Southwest are suing the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services for extending mask mandates for air travel.

The mandate was extended on March 10th and will run through, at least, April 18th.

“The pilots say in the suit they have serious concerns about the safety implications of the mask mandate in relation to unruly-passenger incidents caused by mask policies,” Business Insider reports.

The lawsuit says: “As pilots for major airlines, we have seen up close and personal the chaos in the sky created by the FTMM (Federal Transportation Mask Mandate), with thousands of reports to the Federal Aviation Administration of ‘unruly’ passenger behavior since the FTMM took effect Feb. 1, 2021.”

“The FAA has said 4,290 mask-related incidents were reported in 2021, accounting for more than 75% of the agency’s unruly-passenger reports. Since January of last year, the agency proposed fines of more than $682,000 against unruly passengers.”

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