TSA will increase fines for many who refuse to observe the masks mandate
Furious! The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) doesn’t play with some travelers who think it’s okay to travel without following the mask mandate introduced by the CDC. As people continue to go outside and travel, the lack of a mask increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and TSA isn’t there for that. The administration has decided to tackle the problem and announced an increased fine for travelers who fail to comply with the mandate.
According to The Washington Post, this updated fine is due to over 4,000 reports of face mask-related incidents since the requirement was enforced earlier this year. Starting today, any traveler who refuses to wear a mask in the airport faces potential fines of between $ 500 and $ 1,000. Those who violate the federal mandate a second time face higher penalties, ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 3,000. These fined individuals are allowed to take their case to a TSA officer or request a hearing before an administrative judge makes a final decision.
In addition, the size of the fines will vary based on the circumstances of the incident. TSA administrator David Pekoske released a statement after the news. “We appreciate the majority of travelers who voluntarily follow the requirement every day, but believe this action is necessary to maximize protection for those who use and work in the transportation system and to contain COVID-19,” said David.
If you remember, President Joe Biden spoke about the increased fines during a press conference this week. He stated that this move would stop the more contagious Delta variant from spreading. The US isn’t the only place where fine amounts can come at a high price. Currently, travelers who violate the mandate face a fine of $ 5,000 ($ 3,950) in Canada.
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