TSA to double minimum fines for air travelers who refuse to wear masks to $500

Refusing to wear masks on the plane could face a fine of up to $3,000
A senior Biden administration official stated that the Transportation Security Administration will double the fines for those who don't follow the federal mask mandate for air travel. The minimum fines for violators of the federal mask mandate will be doubled, at $500. Repeat offenders can get up to $3,000 in fines.

In an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19, the Biden administration extended the federal mask mandate that covered air, bus, and train travel until Jan. 18. It was originally set to expire in mid September.

Crews on airline planes were given the responsibility of enforcing federal mask policies. They have complained repeatedly about an increase in passenger behavior, many of which are tied to violations.

Nearly 75% of all the nearly 4,200 cases of unruly passengers that the Federal Aviation Administration received in this year were due to disputes over the federal mask rules.