We should learn this week the fate of the airline mask mandate. They extended until Tuesday, May 3, so the CDC could study the omicron sub-variant, which Texas A&M pandemic expert Dr. Gerald Parker says is nothing like its predecessors. A Florida judge ended the mask mandate, ruling that the federal government did not follow proper procedure in issuing its order for masks on public transportation. As a result, many airlines are no longer enforcing the mandate. However, the federal government is appealing the court decision.