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The U.S. Department of Justice will appeal a Florida judge's decision to block the CDC's "unlawful" face mask mandates.

US District Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle in Tampa, Florida ruled the mandate was unlawful because it exceeded the authority of the CDC.

The DOJ announced its decision to appeal the ruling after the Biden Administration said it was up to the traveling public to decide whether they want to wear face masks.

Flight attendants and passengers cheered when the announcement was made during flights on Monday. Most passengers removed their face masks, while a few people continued to mask up.
 
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The White House chastised Delta Airlines for calling Covid-19 "an ordinary seasonal virus."

"We are relieved to see the U.S. mask mandate lift to facilitate global travel as Covid-19 has transitioned to an ordinary seasonal virus," Delta said, according to The New York Times.

The airline walked back its statement on Monday, saying COVID is transitioning "to a manageable respiratory virus."

On January 29, 2021 the CDC issued an order forcing travelers to wear masks on mass transit. Anyone who refused to wear a mask was in violation of federal law.

However, the federal judge said the Centers for Disease Control, the nation's health agency based in Atlanta, does not have the power to bypass Congress and create laws.

The White House disagreed with the court's ruling and said masks should still be worn on public transportation, plans, trains and buses.

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"We're continuing to recommend people wear masks," said Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday. She backtracked on Tuesday and said it was up to the DOJ to appeal the ruling.

"I'm not gonna get ahead of the Department of Justice," Psaki told reporters on board Air Force One. "We'll let them make any decisions or announcements."

Reporters were asked to wear masks on Air Force One.

"The CDC continues to advise and recommend masks on airplanes," Psaki said. "We're abiding by the CDC recommendations. The president is and we would advise all Americans to do that."

The CDC extended the mask mandates to May 3 to allow for the study of the BA.2 omicron variant which the CDC claims is causing the majority of new Covid-19 cases in the US.

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A remark about civil rights activist Rosa Parks sparked a violent altercation on a Delta Airlines flight on December 3.

According to federal court records, Patricia Cornwall injured passengers and flight attendants during an altercation on flight 2790 from Tampa to Atlanta.
 
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Cornwall, 51, was making her way from the restroom back to her seat near the front of the plane when her path was blocked by a flight attendant's cart in the narrow aisle.

The flight attendant asked Cornwall to take an empty seat in the back until she was done serving passengers. Cornwall, who is white, replied, "What am I, Rosa Parks?"

An 80-year-old passenger sitting nearby took offense to Cornwall's remark and told her that she "isn't black... this isn't Alabama and this isn't a bus."

A viral video, shared on Twitter by ATL Uncensored, shows what happened next.

Cornwall became irate and snapped at the older gentleman who had pulled his face mask down to eat.

"Put your f****** mask on," she said.

"Sit down Karen. You're a God d***ed Karen, sit down," said the man, using a pejorative term for angry white women.

"Don't you dare talk to me like that... stand your a** up," said Cornwall, who then proceeded to slap and spit on the unidentified passenger.

Cornwall was restrained by other passengers until the plane landed at Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport. The FBI took her into custody since she was in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 113(a)(4), assault on board a plane.

According to Heavy.com, Cornwall was released on $20,000 unsecured bond during a court hearing on Monday, Dec. 27.

She is banned from traveling on major airlines, except for her flight back home to California. She can also fly back to Georgia for future court appearances, as long as she takes her anxiety medications.

According to Heavy.com, Cornwall is a luxury realtor with Coldwell Banker Realty in California. She is a former Playboy model and former Raiders cheerleader. She also appeared in a 1990s episode of "Baywatch" under the name Patty Breton.

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An irate woman was detained by Atlanta police and questioned by the FBI after she slapped an elderly passenger who pulled down his mask to drink water.

According to Atlanta police, an "unruly passenger" slapped another passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight from Tampa to Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport on Dec. 23.

Cell phone video uploaded by ATL Uncensored shows an enraged woman screaming at an elderly male passenger to put his mask on.

The man apparently pulled his mask down below his chin to eat or drink.

The female passenger, who also had her mask pulled down, appears to slap or punch the man after he called her "Karen" - a pejorative term for rude or obnoxious women.

Other passengers assisted the flight attendants when the woman refused to return to her seat.
 
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After the flight landed at Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport, the woman was detained by Atlanta police. The FBI took over the investigation since the incident happened during a flight.

Major airlines have reported an increase of in-flight incidents following two years of non-stop fear mongering by the mainstream news media.

There have been thousands of mask-related incidents involving irate passengers punching flight attendants or other passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received 4,156 reports of mask-related incidents on board planes this year.

The Transportation Security Administration has a zero tolerance policy for passengers causing disturbances during flights.

The TSA recently announced stiff fines for passengers who act out during flights. Unruly passengers could also lose their pre-check privileges or be banned from airlines.

Some airline CEOs are reconsidering their face mask policies as the rise in violent incidents continue.
 

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A bizarre incident on board a Delta Airlines plane has travelers wondering about Delta's policy on breastfeeding animals in the cabin.

It all began when a pilot sent an ACARS in-flight message from the cockpit to the air traffic controllers on the ground.

The message read: "[Passenger] in [seat] 13A is breastfeeding a cat and will not put cat back in its carrier when [flight attendant] requested."

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The passenger and her exotic pet were traveling on a Delta flight from Syracuse, NY, to Atlanta, GA last month.

A Delta flight attendant explained what happened in a since-deleted post on TikTok: "This woman had one of those, like, hairless cats swaddled up in a blanket so it looked like a baby."

The woman wasn't arrested when the plane landed at Hartsfield International, but the pilot demanded Delta's Redcoat ground team meet the customer to reprimand her.

If you're wondering whether you can breastfeed a cat on a major airliner such as Delta, the answer is yes.

"Delta fully supports a woman's right to breastfeed on board Delta and Delta Connection aircraft and in Delta facilities. Breast pumps are allowed on board. At the airport and if you prefer, many airports do offer private lactation rooms or spaces."

It's bad enough that the passenger sitting next to you has a cat out of its carrier. But breastfeeding the feline is going too far.

We are fortunate that there are no video recordings floating around the Internet. Our eyes would not be able to unsee that.

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Delta Airlines is fining unvaccinated employees $200 a month, the airline announced on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Unlike other airlines, Delta Airlines is not mandating vaccination for its employees.

Delta says the $200 monthly charge is "necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company."

The $200 fines will commence in November for unvaccinated employees enrolled in Delta Airline's health care plan.

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The insurance enrollment form states unvaccinated employees will be assessed a $200-a-month fine.

The news comes two days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech's mRNA Covid-19 vaccine which was previously authorized for emergency use.

Pfizer-BioNTech can now market its vaccine directly to consumers under the brand name Comirnaty. It isn't clear if Pfizer will charge consumers for booster shots.
 
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The Biden administration is urging businesses to push the vaccines to their employers. About 100 million Americans have not received a single dose.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) is forcing public school teachers to get vaccinated.

De Blasio announced the mandate on Monday, Aug. 23.

He previously said all 400,000 city workers must be vaccinated or receive weekly Covid-19 testing.

But now, for public school teachers, weekly Covid-19 testing is not an option.

"We've got to make sure more and more people get vaccinated. We've got to make sure our schools are safe and healthy, in particular for our kids," de Blasio said on Monday.

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Miami police escorted an unruly passenger off a Delta flight after she slapped a flight attendant who asked her to wear a mask.

The flight from Miami to Atlanta was preparing to take off when the altercation occurred in front of shocked passengers.

Other passengers filmed the incident and shared the footage on social media.

The video shows the flight attendant asking the female passenger and her boyfriend to buckle up and wear their face masks in accordance with local ordinances.

But the passenger refused to put on her face mask which was hanging under her chin. The passenger's boyfriend tried to hold her back after she slapped the flight attendant in the face.

Other passengers stood up and intervened in the argument, separating the two women.

The footage shows Miami police escorting the couple off the plane moments later. The flight was delayed for 4 hours.

"The police have boarded the aircraft. The passenger does now seem to be leaving," said Katty Kay, a journalist with BBC News, who was on the flight. "The @Delta flight attendants handled it with remarkable patience and good humor," she tweeted.

There have been numerous altercations over airline passengers refusing to wear face masks amid the weakening pandemic.

A recent study by the CDC shows 74% of people who always wear face masks were infected with Covid-19. The same study shows only 12% of people who never wear face masks were infected.
 

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A Delta employee who shot and killed a female co-worker near Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport killed another woman on the same night, police say.

According to WSB-TV, Raeshaun Antonie Jones fatally shot 30-year-old Alexis Nicole Lee Reed in the employee parking lot near Hartsfield-Jackson Internal Airport on Sunday night.

Reed, a below-wing employee, had just finished her shift at the airport when she was ambushed by Jones who lay in wait for her in the parking lot.

Reed attempted to flee when she spotted Jones but she was shot three times, according to WSB-TV. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

According to a police report obtained by PEOPLE, College Park police say Jones was a suspect in a separate homicide of a female in Clayton County the same night.

Police found the body of Tyneishia Shelby, 33, at a hotel in Stockbridge, a city southeast of the airport. She was fatally shot, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Jones fatally shot himself when police attempted to stop a car in which he was a passenger in Lovejoy, according to the AJC.

The motive for the killings is unknown but police say Jones knew both women.

"This act of violence was not a random act, but all indications are they were specific in nature," College Park Police and Clayton County Police said in a report obtained by the AJC.

Reed's mother Shaunda Shepherd told the AJC that her daughter, who grew up in California, "was a very sweet, hard-working woman of Delta for 10 years. She lived a very simple life and loved life and family."

Shelby was described as "very loving, bright, caring" on a GoFundMe page launched to help pay for funeral expenses.

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Eccentric musician Azealia Banks apparently went off her meds again. Gossip tabloid TMZ obtained cell phone video of Banks losing it on a Delta flight from NY to Los Angeles on Monday.

Banks was exiting the plane when she refused to wait her turn and tried to jump ahead of another exiting passenger. That's when a male flight attendant stepped in and blocked Banks' exit from the plane.

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