TSA Plans Fines Up to $1,500 for Mask Mandate Violations

By Paul Riegler on 8 February 2021
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Security checkpoint at JFK Airport

The Transportation Security Administration, the agency that currently mans the nation’s airports’ security checkpoints in the United States, announced planned fines for individuals who violate President Joseph Biden’s new mask mandate on public transportation.

The agency said it would recommend that the fine for the first offense be $250 and that repeat offenders would be fined up to $1,500, adding that, based on ‘substantial aggravating or mitigating factors,” the TSA might seek a fine that falls outside these ranges.

Enforcement responsibility for the mask mandate was given to the TSA in early February.

Travelers are required to don masks that conform to the requirements set forth by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  These rules require a mask that fits over the nose and mouth and fits snugly against the sides without a gap.  That mask cannot have any slits or exhalation valves.

“Passengers who refuse to wear a mask will not be permitted to enter the airport’s secure area, which includes the terminal and gate area,” the agency said in a news release.

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