The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Friday that it will impose fines starting at $250 for people who refuse to wear face masks at airports and on airplanes. If citizens fail to comply on more than one occasion, the penalty could go up to $1,500.
The agency implemented the provisions of President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on COVID-19 security measures for domestic and international travel by requiring travelers to wear facemasks when at airports, bus and train stations, as well as on passenger aircraft and public transportation.
This requirement will remain in effect until May 11, 2021.
“TSA will fully comply with the President’s Executive Orders, CDC guidance and the DHS National Emergency determination to ensure healthy and safe travel in all transportation sectors. This will help prevent further spread of COVID-19 and encourage a unified government response,” said Darby LaJoye, senior official serving as TSA administrator.