TSA Mask Rules 2021: Doubles Fines

TSA Mask Rules 2021:  doubles fines for people who refuse to wear masks at airports

People who refuse to comply with a federal mandate that requires them to wear masks in airports, and on trains, buses and in other public transportation settings will face stiffer penalties, Biden administration officials announced Thursday.

TSA Mask Rules:
TSA Mask Rules 2021:

Beginning Friday, the fine for refusing to wear a mask will increase to a range of $500 to $1,000 for first offenders. Penalties for a second offense will range from $1,000 to $3,000.

TSA will double the fines on travelers that refuse to mask, President Biden said Thursday. “If you break the rules, be prepared to pay. And by the way, show some respect!”

The stiffer penalties are part of aggressive new actions the administration is taking to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The highly contagious delta variant has fueled a sharp uptick in infections this summer and is causing more than 1,500 daily deaths, chiefly among those who have not been vaccinated. More than 655,000 people in the United States have died of the virus.

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Penalties imposed

Biden’s actions Thursday include mandating vaccines for all federal workers and contractors who do business with the government and requiring businesses that employ more than 100 workers to ensure workers are vaccinated or undergo weekly testing. Transportation has been one setting where the administration has long imposed rules on behavior.

Officials with the Department of Homeland Security recently announced they were extending a federal mask mandate through Jan. 18. It was first put into place in February and originally was set to expire this month.

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“Wearing a mask protects the traveling public and all of the personnel who make the travel experience safe, secure, and comfortable,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement Thursday that accompanied the announcement. “We will continue to enforce the mask mandate as long as necessary to protect public health and safety.”

Source:  Washington Post, By  Lori Aratani , September 9, 2021 at 7:56 p.m. EDT