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A discarded mask is seen on the floor inside New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on Tuesday, a day after a federal judge in Florida struck down the CDC's mask mandate for public transportation. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Battle over CDC's powers goes far beyond travel mask mandate

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Airline passengers, some not wearing face masks following the end of the federal mask mandate, sit during a American Airlines flight operated by SkyWest Airlines from Los Angeles International Airport to Denver, on Tuesday. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Delta updated its statement Tuesday to remove the reference to "an ordinary, seasonal virus." A spokesperson told NPR over email that it had done so "for clarity and accuracy." Yuki Iwamura/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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