The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is doubling fines for first-time offenders who fail to wear masks, effective Friday, and said repeat offenders could face fines as high as $3,000.
The White House said President Joe Biden was directing the higher fines to “ensure that masking requirements remain in place on the other modes of transportation as we continue to battle COVID-19.” TSA said the new fines will “be $500-$1,000 for first offenders and $1,000-$3,000 for second offenders.”
Last month, TSA extended requirements for travelers to wear masks on airplanes, trains and buses and at airports and train stations through Jan. 18 to address ongoing COVID-19 risks. The regulations had been set to expire Sept. 13.
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President Biden says TSA to double fines on travelers who refuse to wear masks.
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