DHS​ to​ Increase​ Civil​ Penalties​ for​ Violations​ of​ the​ Federal​ Face​ Mask​ Requirement

WASHINGTON – Today,​ the Department of Homeland Security’s​ Transportation Security Administration (TSA)​ will​ increase the range of civil penalties that may be imposed on individuals who violate the federal mask mandate​ at airports, on commercial aircraft, and in various modes of surface transportation, including passenger railroads, intercity bus services, and other public transportation.​ The federal mask mandate for transportation, which was implemented by TSA on February 2, 2021, will remain in effect until January 18, 2022.

The new range of penalties, which take effect Friday, September​ 10, 2021, will be $500-$1000 for first offenders and $1000-$3000 for second offenders.

“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.”

“We appreciate the​ majority​ of travelers each day who voluntarily follow the requirement, but find this​ action​ necessary​ to​ maximize the protections for​ those who​ use and​ work within the transportation system, and​ to​ contain​ COVID-19,” said TSA Administrator David​ Pekoske. “By doubling the range of penalties, we seek to reinforce the importance of voluntary adherence.”​ ​

TSA will provide updated signage at airports regarding these increased civil​ penalties.​ ​ For more information about the federal face mask requirement, visit the​ TSA Coronavirus webpage.

These federal mask mandate-related civil penalties are separate from the civil penalties the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues for individuals who engage in unruly and unsafe behavior.

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