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Twenty-one Republican state attorneys general filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Biden Administration in an attempt to end the mask mandate on airplanes and public transportation, which they argue is unnecessary and amounts to federal overreach.

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Airplanes, airports and public transportation are among the last places where the public is still required to wear masks.

The mandate was set to expire on March 18, but the Transportation Security Administration announced earlier this month it was extending the requirement through April 18 based on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra are among the defendants named in the suit.

Florida is the lead plaintiff and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced the litigation at a news conference Tuesday.

The suit was filed in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

The White House referred Forbes‘ request for comment to a TSA statement issued March 10, which said any future “revised framework will be based on the COVID-19 community levels, risk of new variants, national data, and the latest science.”