Travel Tip Tuesday | TSA Mask Penalties
Traveler Beware - New Fines for Violation of the Federal Mask Requirement
The Transportation Security Administration has just doubled the penalty for travelers who refuse to wear masks in airports, on commercial aircraft, and in various forms of surface transportation such as railroads, motor-coaches, and other public transportation such as inner-city buses. The masks mandate for transportation was implemented by TSA on February 2, 2021, and will remain in effect until January 18, 2022.
For passengers in violation of the Federal Mask Requirement, there will be a $500-$1,000 fine for first offenders and a $1,000 to $3,000 fine for second offenders. TSA will be providing signage at airports regarding these increased civil penalties.
“Wearing a mask protects the traveling public and all of the personnel who make the travel experience safe, secure, and comfortable,” said Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “We will continue to enforce the mask mandate as long as necessary to protect public health and safety.”
It should be noted that these federal mask mandate-related civil penalties are separate from the civil penalties the FAA issues for individuals who engage in unruly and unsafe behavior.