Outspoken Republican Senator Rand Paul has vowed to repeal a federal mask mandate forcing passengers to wear them on planes after blasting the rule.
'Enough! Time to stop this farce and let people travel in peace!' the Kentucky lawmaker tweeted on Thursday.
Currently, all people - vaccinated and unvaccinated - have to wear their masks while using public transportation, which includes planes, ferries and rail lines.
It's a federal mandate included in President Joe Biden's executive order that he extended until Sept. 13
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Republican Sen. Rand Paul, pictured heading to a vote on the Senate floor on June 8 in Washington, promised to introduce legislation to repeal the federal mask mandate on planes
Paul sent this tweet on Thursday
Sen. Rick Scott, a Florida Republican, introduced a similar provision last month during a markup of the Rail and Safety Legislation in the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.
But it failed; with committee members voting along party lines.
The Twitterverse's reaction to Paul's promise was mixed, but more people seemed to be against the idea.
They argued that the airline economy could took another hit because some people would be reluctant to fly without the mandate in place and raised concerns about COVID-19 variants that are impacting other parts of the world.
'Then I’ll quit flying again and I’m sure I won’t be alone. It will also impact flight staff who may not feel safe in closed airplanes. So if your intent is to cripple air travel, it’s a great plan,' 'Msbmoran' said on Twitter.
'Baron Brady' tweeted, 'There are people traveling from other parts of the world where there are more virulent viral strains that will put at risk the people who refuse to get vaccinated because of people like you. How is it your priority to put more lives at risk?'
Twitter user 'Mary A' responded to Paul's tweet saying, 'Airlines know most people want to avoid getting themselves or others sick by