Source: Amanda Prestigiacomo
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been authorized to fine passengers who do not to comply with the new mask mandates on public transportation systems, in accordance with one of the dozens of Executive Orders signed by President Joe Biden within his first weeks in office.
On Day Two in office, Biden signed an executive order that mandated mask-wearing on public transpiration, including on commercial aircraft, trains, public maritime vessels including ferries, intercity bus services, and “all forms of public transportation as defined in section 5302 of title 49, United States Code.”
“The TSA will require travelers to wear masks through airport screening checkpoints and throughout all public transportation systems beginning Tuesday,” The Hill reported. “TSA workers are authorized to deny entry or boarding to passengers who refuse to wear masks, and those passengers could be subject to fines.”
“Starting on February 2, 2021, TSA 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,” TSA announced in a press release issued Sunday. “The federal face mask requirement extends to the nation’s domestic network of airports; passengers and crew members flying aboard airplanes operated by domestic and foreign air carriers with inbound flights to U.S. ports of entry; and surface transportation modes, such as passenger rail, bus systems, and over-the-road bus companies. Passengers without a mask may be denied entry, boarding, or continued transport,” the release added.
“Failure to comply with the mask requirement,” the agency said, “can result in civil penalties.”