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The Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will increase the range of civil penalties that may be charged against 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 mask mandate for transportation was implemented by TSA effective February 2, 2021 and currently is in effect until January 18, 2022.
The new range of penalties, which take effect Friday, September 10, will be $500-$1000 for first offenders and $1000-$3000 for second offenders. 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.