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Homeland Security Gives TSA Authority to Enforce Biden Mask Mandate

Any time the TSA is give more authority, a constitutionalist gets a shiver down their spine.

The controversy over mandatory mask-wearing is going nowhere in 2021, especially as the Biden administration continues to work up new ways to keep people from baring their nostrils and mouths in public.

Biden stopped shy of ordering a complete mask mandate when he took office, opting instead to issue a “100-Day mask challenge” for the general public.  He did, however, sign an executive order that requires all travelers on domestic planes and trains to be masked up.

Over the weekend it was announced that the Department of Homeland Security has now authorized the TSA to enforce the mandate.

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Acting Secretary of Homeland Security David P. Pekoske announced that a National Emergency Determination had been made to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. According to the announcement, this new determination stems from a previous determination on March 13th, 2020, that the spread of COVID-19 constitutes a national emergency.

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The determination grants the TSA certain authorities required to implement an executive order issued by President Biden on January 21, titled the “Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel.”

According to a statement from the public affairs office of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the TSA will be requiring individuals to wear a mask at TSA screening checkpoints. Masks will also be required throughout the commercial and public transportation system.

The TSA has been an incredibly controversial agency since their inception, often for either some grand display of ineptitude or their habit of aggressively groping travelers at will.

 

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