TSA lists fines for people who refuse to wear a mask while traveling

FILE - In this May 18, 2020 file photo TSA officers wear protective masks at a security screening area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. Federal safety officials are investigating people who took part in last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol to decide whether they belong on the federal no-fly list. The move is one of several that officials outlined Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) (Elaine Thompson, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

HOUSTON – The Transportation Security Administration said Friday that it has changed language in its face mask requirement to include specific fines -- which could range from $250 to $1,500 or more -- for people who refuse to wear a mask while traveling.

Here’s the updated language:

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UPDATE: Regarding the civil penalty fine structure for individuals who violate the Security Directive, TSA will recommend a fine ranging from $250 for the first offense up to $1,500 for repeat offenders. Based on substantial aggravating or mitigating factors, TSA may seek a sanction amount that falls outside these ranges. TSA has provided transportation system operators specific guidance on how to report violations so that TSA may issue penalties to those who refuse to wear a face mask.

The requirement extends to wearing masks in airports, bus and rail stations, as well as while on planes, public transportation, passenger railroads, and buses. TSA’s action will also support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Order requiring that people wear masks on “conveyances and at stations, ports, or similar transportation hubs.”

On Feb 2, 2021, TSA said it will require individuals to wear a mask at TSA airport screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation systems. This requirement will remain effective until May 11, 2021.

Read more in the news release from TSA.

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